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electricity prices set to keep rising  - Thursday, November 16, 2017

Ontario electricity prices set to keep rising 

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#LSN_Opinion  #LSN_Fraser_Institute  rigorous pursuit of renewables increased electricity costs far more than necessary

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO  - November 16, 2017  (LSN)  The Ontario government’s rigorous pursuit of renewables has increased electricity costs far more than necessary.

The government recently released an update to its long-term energy plan, projecting that the cost of electricity for homes and businesses will keep rising over the next 20 years.

For example, the average monthly electricity bills for residents and large industrial customers in northern Ontario will jump 52 per cent.

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Canada’s Climate Action Plans - Thursday, November 16, 2017

Canada’s Climate Action Plans:
Are They Cost-effective?

Climate Change Fraser Institute   Lake Superior News

#LSN_Opinion  #LSN_Fraser_Institute  Little return in terms of environmental benefits.

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO  -  November 16, 2017  (LSN)  Canadian governments have aggressively, and with little up-front analysis, rolled out climate action plans that are going to cost a great deal of money, but, most likely, will yield very little return in terms of environmental benefits. Governments would be well advised to slow or temporarily halt their climate action program implementation, and give the public solid analysis of their proposed programs’ economic costs and benefits.

Four provinces in Canada (Alberta, British Columbia, Ontario, and Quebec) have promulgated “action plans” to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. These plans have several broad components. There is a carbon pricing component; there are assortments of energy efficiency programs; there is a “renewable energy” component; and most of the plans have vehicle electrification components (or such programs have been enacted separately from the climate action plans).

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Trudeau Snubs our trade partners - Sunday, November 12, 2017

Trudeau Snubs our trade partners
​ at TPP Meeting

 Trudeau Snubs our trade partners  Lake Superior News
#LSN_Opinion   #LSN_RebelMedia   Empty seats waiting for Trudea

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO -  November 12, 2017    (LSN)   Trudeau, like Trump, has expressed concerns with how the Trans-Pacific Partnership will impact Canadian industry, but there is no excuse for skipping a meeting with our closest allies and largest trading partners.

Eleven heads of state attended the meeting in Vietnam with the intention of negotiating a revised agreement, Justin skipped the meeting but managed to find time for photo-ops. In typical Trudeau fashion he was pictured jogging with Gerald Butts and meeting locals during his night on the town, but negotiating a trade deal didn't' make the cut.

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Misleading Middle Class - Monday, October 30, 2017

81 per cent of middle-class families pay more
in personal income taxes now 

Middle Class Paying More
#LSN_Opinion  middle-class families pay more 

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO,  -  October 30, 2017  (LSN) In a recent commentary in the Financial Post titled “Misleading the middle class,” Simon Fraser University professor Rhys Kesselman criticized our analysis of how federal tax policy changes have increased the amount of income tax paid by middle-class families. Prof. Kesselman doesn’t contest, refute or disprove our tax analysis but rather—in parroting the Trudeau government’s talking points—conflates taxes and transfers, and completely misses the point of what our analysis set out to do.

If you have not followed this debate, here’s some quick background. On the campaign trail and since coming to power, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, his finance minister, and other federal officials have repeatedly claimed that the government cut income taxes on middle-class families. As just one example, the federal government’s first budget declared “the government cut taxes for middle class Canadians everywhere.”

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Hydro Costs hidden from consumers - Sunday, October 29, 2017

Ontarian’s in the dark about long-term costs of Fair Hydro Plan

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#LSN_Opinion  Liberal government is concealing the real financial impact of the rate reduction

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO -  October 29, 2017  (LSN)  A recent report from Ontario’s auditor general slammed the provincial government’s “needlessly complex” plan to reduce electricity bills for Ontarians. According to the report, the government is keeping the true cost of its plan off the books.

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NAFTA Negotiations To Fail? - Sunday, October 29, 2017

Does Trudeau Want NAFTA Negotiations
To Fail?

Trudeau Does he want NAFTA to Fail   Lake Superior News
#LSN_Opinion  he wants to run in 2019 against the U.S., and use the failure of NAFTA negotiations as an excuse 

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO  -  October 29, 2017   (LSN)  Many are starting to think that he wants to run in 2019 against the U.S., and use the failure of NAFTA negotiations as an excuse to sell Canada out to China and his globalist elite buddies.

There’s been much talk about how the Trump Administration wants NAFTA to fail. This talk is likely correct, as Trump has made no secret of his desire to end NAFTA – which he calls the worst trade deal of all time.

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Jason Kenney wins the leadership - Saturday, October 28, 2017

Spencer Fernando  Jason Kenney has won the leadership of the United Conservative Party 

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#LSN_Opinion  Jason Kenney – 61.1%

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO,  Octobert 28, 2017  (LSN)  Kenney received over 60% of the vote, with Brian Jean coming in second, and Doug Schweitzer coming in third.

Jason Kenney has won the leadership of the United Conservative Party, putting him on the path to become the next Premier of Alberta.

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Trudeau Rewards Illegal Crossings - Monday, October 23, 2017

Trudeau Rewards Illegal Crossings, Almost 70% Of ‘Asylum’ Claims Reviewed By IRB Have Been Approved

 

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#LSN_Opinion  Canadian people will pay the price, as already over-burdened social services get even worse

THUNDER BAY, Onctober 22, 2017  (LSN)  This will now serve as a clear signal for more people to cross into Canada illegally, and will send a message around the world that Canada’s government is unwilling to enforce respect for our border or our laws.

As noted by the Globe & Mail, “According to new data from the Immigration and Refugee Board (IRB), 10,790 asylum claims were referred to the IRB between March and September. Of the 592 cases – or 5.4 per cent – the IRB processed during that period, 408 – or 69 per cent – were accepted as legitimate refugee claims.”

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Notley Trudeau Yes Means No - Wednesday, October 18, 2017

While telling people that they understand the importance of the pipelines, Notley and Trudeau piled up the regulatory bricks to ensure they were not viable

Notley Premier of Alberta  Justin Trudeau   Lake Superior News
#LSN_Opinion    Notley, Trudeau,said yes to pipelines, while really meaning no

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO  - October 18, 2017  - Fraser Institute - TroyMedia  (LSN) Let’s get the red herring out of the way up front. Yes, the low world price of oil was surely part of this decision, but it’s certainly not all of it. The United States is getting its pipelines built despite the world oil glut.

TransCanada’s withdrawal of its proposal to build the Energy East and Eastern Mainline oil pipelines is a huge loss to Canada and Canadian workers – a $16 billion project regulated to death.

Rather, a series of events killed these two pipelines. First, while Energy East waited for approval, other pipelines were approved. Keystone XL, the Trans Mountain expansion and Line 3 (assuming it proceeds) are estimated to have capacity to meet export needs out to 2040. Secondly, a cascade of provincial activities including the Alberta carbon tax, the Alberta Climate Action Plan and the oilsands emission cap have hammered investor confidence in Alberta in recent years.

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Security On Border Questionnaire - Sunday, October 15, 2017

Canada has no obligation to make those crossing our border illegally feel comfortable.

Trudeau Puts Virtue  Ahead Of Security On Border Questionnaire  Lake Superior News
#LSN_Opinion   Trudeau Puts Virtue Ahead Of Security On Border Questionnaire

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO   -  October 15-02017    (LSN)  The recent controversy over some of the questions being asked of illegal border crossings by the RCMP has missed the key point when it comes to illegal border crossing:

​Canada has no obligation to make people trying to enter illegally feel comfortable

We know it’s absurd that we are supposed to consider the feelings or comfort level of those breaking our laws. In fact, when people considering crossing illegally see how our leaders are falling all over themselves to consider how we can be “nicer” to illegal crossers, it will only make Canada seem like a more inviting destination for those who have no interest in using the legal border entry process.

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Exports fall again. - Saturday, October 7, 2017

TRUDEAU ECONOMY: Exports Fall Again, Trade Deficit Fifth Largest Of All Time
 

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#LSN_Opinion    More bad news for Canada’s economy in the wake of the Energy East Pipeline cancellation

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO  -  October 7, 2017   (LSN)  For the third straight month, Canada’s exports fell. With imports flat, Canada’s trade deficit has now risen to $3.41 billion. This is the fifth largest trade deficit on record, and is yet more evidence that Canada’s so-called economic growth is mostly illusory.

Exports fell by 1%, as consumer goods, chemical, plastic, rubber, metal ore, and non-metallic minerals all fell

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Trudeau's tax cutting rhetoric - Thursday, October 5, 2017

The government has raised income taxes on the majority of middle-class Canadian families, despite repeated claims of the opposite

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#LSN_Opinion   Trudeau's tax cutting rhetoric doesn't match reality

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO  ---    October 5, 2017  (LSN)  Too often, reality doesn’t match political rhetoric. The federal government’s tax relief promises are a case in point.

On the federal election campaign trail in 2015, Justin Trudeau promised to cut income taxes for middle-class Canadian families. And since becoming prime minister, he and his government have repeatedly claimed to have kept this promise.

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Higher taxes of Middle income familes - Thursday, October 5, 2017

More than 80 per cent of middle-income families face higher federal income taxes

Impact of Federal Personal Income Tax Changes on Middle Income Canadian Families  Lake Superior News
#LSN_Opinion  Impact of Federal Personal Income Tax Changes on Middle Income Canadian Families

Thunder Bay, Ontario  October 6, 2017  (LSN) Contrary to rhetoric from Ottawa, the vast majority of middle-class

Canadian families are paying higher income taxes due to changes made by the federal
government, finds a new study released today by the Fraser Institute, an independent,
non-partisan Canadian public policy think-tank.

On average, middle-class families will pay $840 more in federal income taxes this
year.

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Justin vs Pierre vision of Canada - Friday, September 29, 2017

Justin's tribalism the opposite of his father’s one Canada vision

Justin Trudeau  Pierre Trudeau Vision of  Canada   Lake Superior News
#LSN_Opinion  Imagine what Pierre Trudeau would have thought of his son's hyphenated Canadian fixation

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO -  September 29, 2017 TroyMedia    (LSN) Like father, like son? Not so for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who appears to have selected a path at odds with the best of his father’s legacy.

Pierre Trudeau, even as one of the most divisive prime ministers in Canadian history, was a champion of a singular, unifying notion: one Canada. He boldly fought to bring the “two solitudes” of English and French Canada together. His nationalist leanings were unsurpassed. He also believed in the rule of law, equal rights for all Canadians, and a limited role for government in the social fabric of our society.

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Conservatives Lead Trudeau Liberals - Monday, September 25, 2017

Trudeau’s net approval rating is now negative

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#LSN_Opinion     Conservatives Lead Trudeau Liberals 39% To 35%

A new poll by Forum Research has surprised many in the Canadian political world.
For only the second time since the 2015 election, Forum Research shows the Conservatives are ahead of the Liberals.

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Your bills will go up - Tuesday, September 19, 2017

  The debate over internet, cable and mobile rates is far more complex

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#LSN_Opinion  haggling over how your cable, cellphone and Internet spending should be divvied

All the average citizen knows about their cable, mobile and Internet bills is that – like taxes – they always  go up.

For those who care why this happens, a brief Twitter tour of #crtc will introduce you to the debates surrounding the inexhaustible and often catty haggling over how your cable, cellphone and Internet spending should be divvied up among the hagglers.

All of this is, of course, in the public’s interest.

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Tax Changes Could Cause Recession - Sunday, September 17, 2017

RISK: Economist Says Trudeau Tax Changes Could Cause Recession

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#LSN_Opinion   #LSN_Econ   small businesses could “tip the economy into a recession.”

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO  -  September 17, 2017   (LSN)  A prominent Canadian economist says Justin Trudeau’s tax increases on Canadian entrepreneurs and small businesses could “tip the economy into a recession.”

As reported by BNN, David Rosenberg – an economist from Gluskin Sheff + Associates – said, “My disappointment with much of what already has been done, and the pledges to tax capital in all its forms, are only going to act as major constraints on growth.”

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Province bear the burden of legalized marijuana - Sunday, September 10, 2017

Provincial governments bear the burden of legalized marijuana

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#LSN_Opinion   #LSN_Health     Province bear the burden of legalized marijuana

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO  -- September 10, 2017   (LSN)   There are strong correlations between how a drug or an indulgence, such as gambling, is made available to the public and the propensity for individuals to indulge in it, and the negative health and social outcomes associated with its use.

In other words, it matters how we legalize marijuana, not just that we legalize it.

The federal government is set on legalizing marijuana by summer 2018. While they will enjoy the political payoff of appearing progressive, all the problems and the logistics of legalizing pot will fall on the shoulders of the provincial governments.

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TransCanada walks away from Energy East - Saturday, September 9, 2017

TransCanada walks away from Energy East: Liberals “lose” pipeline to gain votes

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#LSN_Opinion   TransCanada walks away from Energy East

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO  --  September 9, 2017   (LSN)  TransCanada announced they’ve suspended their application to build the $13.7B project.   The company still wants to build the project, but says it might be cancelled due to significant changes to the regulation process. 

Canada has around the third highest oil reserves on the planet yet still imports conflict oil from Middle East countries where barbaric practices abound, all because professional eco-radicals don’t want a pipeline and some government officials and bureaucrats want to keep their cushy taxpayer funded jobs.

You’d think our feminist Prime Minister, champion of human rights and minorities, would be opposed to bringing blood oil into the country. Instead, he’s responsible for bringing in more of it by putting an end to Energy East.

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Punishments For Those Performing Female Genital Mutilation - Friday, September 8, 2017

Canada Must Drastically Toughen Punishments For Those Performing Female Genital Mutilation

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#LSN_Opinion  Female Genital Mutilation gainst our values as Canadians

 THUNDER  BAY, ONTARIO,  September 8, 2017   (LSN)  Female Genital Mutilation is against our values as Canadians, and the government must send a clear message that it is unacceptable in our country.

Canadians believe in the equality of men and women under the law. That’s why there is such concern about the rise of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) taking place in our country.
From reports that more people are coming across the border to inflict the horrible procedure on girls in Canada, some people taking their children outside the country to perform the procedure, to a website advocating for the procedure in the country, there is rising concern that the horribly anti-women procedure is growing in the country.

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Alberta a black hole - Monday, September 4, 2017

The Alberta's  overall score on labour market performance is in the bottom half of North American jurisdictions

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#LSN_Opinion  Alberta a black hole for private sector jobs

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO --  September 4, 2017   (LSN) Go west, young man. Not long ago that was sound advice for a young person struggling to find opportunities in Eastern and Central Canada. While it may still hold true for parts of Western Canada, it’s no longer the case for Alberta, once the pillar of western opportunity. 

A strong labour market is critical for the prosperity of workers. It matches workers looking for the right job opportunity with employers looking for workers with the right skills. 
In a high-performing labour market, opportunities abound with rapid job growth, low unemployment and high productivity. Until recently, Alberta was full of opportunities for those willing and able to work. Times have changed. 

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Fraser Institute study reveals “massive” cash grab - Sunday, August 27, 2017

Fraser Institute study reveals “massive” cash grab

Fraser Institute Massive Tax Grab  Lake Superior News
#LSN_Opinion  Where does it all go?
THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO August 27, 2017 (LSN) A new Fraser Institute study shows that the average Canadian family pays 42.5 per cent in taxes, including all types, demonstrating how much the government has been whittling away at our paycheques over the last 55 years

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Welfare cheques for thousands of illegal border crossers - Friday, August 25, 2017

The Quebec government is planning to hand out welfare cheques to thousands of illegal border crossers

Welfare cheques for thousands of illegal border crossers
#LSN_Opinion  Welfare cheques for thousands of illegal border crossers

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO  August 25, 2017  (LSN)  Quebec’s employment Minister Simon Laboissonniere estimates that 4,000 people will get the cheques for September.

According to the Canadian Press, the minimum payment per month will be $632 per person, and some will get more based on their family status.

The cheques will be given out over three days starting next Wednesday at Montreal’s Palais des congres convention centre.
After getting the cheques, the illegal border crossers will be asked to find a permanent place to live.

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“Buy Canadian” In NAFTA Negotiations - Sunday, August 20, 2017

We should take a tough stance in support of our right to “Buy Canadian” for projects funded with our taxpayer dollars

“Buy Canadian” In NAFTA Negotiations
#LSN_Opinion  “Buy Canadian” In NAFTA Negotiations

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO  -  August 20, 2017  (LSN)  A new report says the U.S. government is planning to heavily push their “Buy American” plan in the NAFTA negotiations.
 

According to the Canadian Press, “While it’s being pulled in one direction by Canada and Mexico, urging it to reduce Buy American rules for public-works contracts, and in the other direction by domestic U.S. politicians seeking an increase in Buy American, the administration has issued a reminder that it’s working on a separate path.”

The U.S. says they’re working on a domestic study of the issue – and it’s expected their negotiators will say they can’t discuss it until that study concludes as they have issued a notice asking for public input. This effectively locks in the “Buy American” policy direction in the U.S. which is to be expected under an administration that explicitly campaigned on that idea.
As Dan Ujczo – a trade lawyer in Ohio – pointed out to the Canadian Press, “The issuance of this notice is a deliberate strategy for the USTR (US Trade Representative) to then say, ‘We can’t really talk about procurement, it’s a multilateral issue, it’s much broader than the NAFTA … and we have a process underway so we really can’t put this on the table for discussion.”
“So I think this is a way to essentially shut down that discussion…In my view, the U.S. is playing hardball on this issue.”

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Minimum wage hikes hurts - Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Minimum wage hikes hurt
#LSN_Opinion   Minimum wage hikes hurt most vulnerable

VANCOUVER, B.C./Troy Media/ August 8, 2017  (LSN) – With many of Canada’s largest provinces (Ontario, Alberta, British Columbia) either committing to or considering a minimum wage of $15 per hour, many analysts – including us – note that this policy will hurt many vulnerable workers by reducing job opportunities.

But in an open letter to Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne, 53 “economic experts” dismissed this concern as “fear-mongering” and “out of line with the latest economic research.”

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Trudeau Refuses To Say Illegal Border Crossings Should Stop - Sunday, August 6, 2017

Trudeau Refuses To Say Illegal Border Crossings Should Stop
#LSN_Opinion  Trudeau Refuses To Say Illegal Border Crossings Should Stop

THUNDERE BAY, ONTARIO,  August 6, 2017  (LSN)  As resources are strained due to a massive surge of illegal border crossings, Justin Trudeau is facing increasing criticism for not doing anything to reduce the influx.

While at an event in Ontario, reporters tried to ask Trudeau if he thought the illegal border crossings should stop.

Trudeau Refuses To Say Illegal Border Crossings Should Stop - Spencer Fernando 

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MAGNA Warns it might leave Ontario - Sunday, July 23, 2017

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#LSN_Opinion   Magna International Warnings to Leave Ontario 

High hydro rates, cap-and-trade, and new legislation could push 22,000 jobs out of Ontario.Ontario is at risk of massive jobs losses.

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO, July 23, 2017  (LSN) Magna International – Ontario’s largest auto sector employeer – is warning that the policies being imposed by the Ontario government could push them out of the province entirely.

The warning comes as Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne is pushing legislation that would raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour, and impose other requirements on businesses that some fear could lead to job cuts and more unemployment.

    As reported by BNN, the warning from Magna was clear: ‘”We find ourselves in the very untenable position of questioning whether we will be able to continue to operate at historic levels in this province,” warned Magna Chief Human Resources Officer Marc Neeb in a submission to a committee studying the legislation.”

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