What Trudeau’s Team Should be Reminding Americans about During NAFTA Negotiations

Donald Trump and his NAFTA team are using hardball tactics in NAFTA negotiations. We are facing some hard deal-making. But it couldn’t hurt in the meanwhile to talk more about our shared history and values.

America and Canada are the closest of friends. We share the world’s longest undefended border. Over a million Canadians live in America, and a million Americans in Canada. We share our TV, radio, music, movies, news and business. Every day there are tens of millions of friendly conversations across our borders by phone and email that connect our people. We get along well.

Canadians are fair traders. Canada is America’s largest customer. Nine million jobs in America rely on goods and services Canadians buy from America. Cars finished at Ford in Oakville go back and forth across the border creating jobs on both sides. Trade should be win-win.
We both enjoy hard-won freedoms to criticize our government and leaders and view it as a duty to elect better ones. Our courts work to protect human rights, and freedom of religion, belief, and speech.

Americans and Canadians collaborate in NORAD to protect our continent. When Russian military aircraft approach our northern border to test interception time, Canadian F-18 jet fighters out of Alberta and a USAF refueling plane out of Washington State fly together to meet that challenge. On 9/11 the Commander of all North American air space at NORAD HQ in Colorado Springs USA was a Canadian, Lieutenant-General (Ret’d) Rick Findlay.

American and Canadian soldiers fought as allies in Europe in World War I and in World War II on the beaches of Normandy to preserve democracy. They also fought against the Taliban in Afghanistan and elsewhere. Canadians have fought under American operational control in NORAD and Americans under Canadian operational control in places such as The Sinai. That is trust.

It’s working closely together for our mutual security and freedom. We should continue to do the same for our mutual prosperity and everything that goes with it, like free and fair trade. There are totalitarian leaders in the world that are pleased to see disagreements divide us. Let’s continue to disappoint them.

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People Can’t Afford a Carbon Tax on Everything

The carbon tax will make life tougher for families and low-income Canadians by increasing the cost of everything we buy, including home heating fuel and gas to get to work. (In time it will also drive up the cost of public transit)

It is a tax you can’t see and can’t escape. How much will it cost you?

The leader that promised transparency will not tell parliament how much it will cost ordinary people no matter how may times the Conservatives ask.  

Conservative leader Andrew Scheer has announced he will repeal the carbon tax right after the next election as Prime Minister. I’m with him. 

Carbon taxes are based on an unproven theory that in a cold country where the population centres are very far apart carbon taxes will cause ordinary people to use less carbon fuels (as if fuels aren’t expensive enough already).        

It will certainly kill well-paying jobs. The Liberals essentially admitted that in August when they reduced the tax for the worst corporate industrial polluters!

What about the low-income people and families that voted for you Justin? What are you doing to them?   

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Terence fighting the Liberals for transparency in drug data!

From Blacklock’s Reporter: “Shameful”: Health Canada Broke Law, Fed Judge Rules

A federal judge has ruled Health Canada breached its own drug safety law. A former Conservative MP who sponsored the 2014 legislation yesterday described the department’s misconduct as shameful.

“The government talks about transparency and evidence-based decision making, and it was all a façade,” said Terence
Young, former MP for Oakville, Ont. “They were in Federal Court fighting against transparency. They still don’t get it at Health Canada. This is a farce.”
The Federal Court ruled the department improperly attempted to conceal pharmaceutical companies’ clinical trial reports sought by a researcher, though disclosure was permitted by Bill C-17 An Act To Amend The Food & Drugs Act. The legislation was named Vanessa’s Law for Young’s daughter, a 15-year old schoolgirl who died of heart failure in 2000 after being prescribed Prepulsid for a digestive disorder. The Johnson & Johnson drug was ordered off the market five months after her death.

“This is the first case in which the courts are called upon to interpret and apply Vanessa’s Law,” wrote Justice Sébastien Grammond; “Health Canada’s blanket confidentiality policy is unreasonable. It ran against one of the purposes of Vanessa’s Law. It had the effect of perpetuating the mischief against which Vanessa’s Law was aimed. Quite simply, Health Canada cannot ignore that Parliament intended to make clinical trial data public and adopt a policy that is in direct contradiction with that purpose.” Bill C-17 allowed the health department to “disclose confidential business information about a therapeutic product” in the name of public safety, as well as expand cabinet’s powers to recall prescription drugs deemed a risk to health.
The Court ruling followed a 2016 application by a U.S. researcher, Prof. Peter Doshi of the University of Maryland, who cited Vanessa’s Law in seeking “complete copies of all sections of all clinical trial study reports” on five prescription drugs including the vaccines Cervarix and Tamiflu. Health Canada in 2017 refused to release the data unless the Professor signed a secrecy agreement, claiming data were confidential information owned by pharmaceutical companies. Prof. Doshi refused and challenged the gag order.

Justice Grammond upheld the complaint, ruling the health department breached a main purpose of Vanessa’s Law and Prof. Doshi’s constitutional right to freedom of expression. “Publicly disclosing clinical trial results may be beneficial to public health,” wrote the Court. “There are concerns the conduct of those tests may be biased, or that pharmaceutical companies selectively publish results that favour their interests.”

“Health Canada’s decision in this case is unreasonable because it entirely disregards one of the main purposes of Vanessa’s Law, namely to improve clinical trial transparency,” wrote Justice Grammond. The Court ordered staff to release the clinical trial reports. Health Canada does not comment on litigation, and has 30 days to appeal.

‘If They Appeal This – ’
“You had Health Canada, the people who wrote the bill, arguing against the transparency the bill promised,” said former MP Young. “Not only is it embarrassing, it’s wrong. They lost. If Health Canada appeals this, we can kiss patient safety goodbye.”
“This is not transparency,” Young said in an interview. “Health Canada still doesn’t get it. They’re still talking about helping the drug industry; that’s how they interpret their role.”

Young said he suspected Health Canada regulators were influenced by pharmaceutical lobbyists in thwarting the purpose of Vanessa’s Law. “Here’s what I think happened: There are lots of ways to stop a bill, including voting for it and then failing to enforce it,” said Young. “This government was listening to its friends in Big Pharma all along. It is shameful.”

Counsel for the University of Maryland researcher who won the case yesterday did not respond to an interview request. Lobbyists in 2014 testimony at the Senate social affairs committee expressed alarm over the disclosure of “confidential business information” regarding the results of drug trials. “You could be talking about manufacturing information,” said Gerry Harrington, vice president of Consumer Health Products Canada. “That has tremendous commercial value to a manufacturer.” Harrington testified the disclosure of drug safety results would put a “chill” on medical research. “The lack of provisions holding recipients of confidential business information to respect confidentiality is at odds with the practices of our major trading partners,” said Harrington.
Legislators in 2017 also criticized Health Canada for failing to enact provisions of Vanessa’s Law requiring health care institutions to report adverse drug reactions. Records disclose the department held private meetings with lobbyists in 2016 before concluding the reporting requirements were “time-consuming and financially burdensome”.

Former MP Young counted 27 medicines licensed for sale by Health Canada since 1997 that were subsequently recalled due to patient deaths and injuries, including the prescription used by his daughter. “Vanessa’s Law just passed its first test in Court with flying colours,” said Young. “The government needlessly argued in Court against the very transparency it claimed to support, and was slapped down by a federal judge.”
By Tom Korski

Does Donald Trump take Justin Trudeau seriously?

Embarrassing Donald Trump, who takes everything personally and angers easily is not wise. Justin Trudeau’s announcement after Trump left the recent G7 meeting that Canada won’t be pushed around created unintended consequences for himself and our country.     

Trump tweeted to the world that Justin Trudeau is “dishonest” and “weak”. Ouch.

Although the PM’s approval rating did go up at home, he inadvertently raised the stakes in negotiations that are critical to our economy and tens of thousand of jobs, and triggered a renewed  threat from the mercurial Trump to put a 25% tariffs on cars made in Canada.

Apparently no one ever told the PM that if you are in high-stakes poker game and you don’t know who the mark at the table is, it’s you. A read of the 1987 bestseller attributed to Trump “The Art of the Deal” would help, particularly #2 of Trump’s 11 steps to a winning deal —  Protect the downside and the upside will take care of itself.

The downside in this case is the demise of Canada’s auto industry, which supports half a million jobs across Canada, 5000 thousand of which are well paid jobs at Ford’s Oakville Assembly Plant.  

Ninety percent of the Ford autos made there are sold in the U.S. If 25% tariffs are introduced Ford workers would face immediate cutbacks.      

But let’s be candid. The issue is not only the message. 

Trump cabinet members could not have missed the photos of Canada’s Prime Minister boxing at Bronx gym in the middle of a work day, or posing at an international conference in New York in his Wookie socks the same day half million Rohingya Muslim refugees were fleeing violence, or his six-day family costume vacation in India, where a convicted terrorist was invited to an official Canadian reception.

Selfies, silly socks and photo-bombing are supposed to impress? These are dangerous economic times.      

Tens of thousand of jobs in Canada are on the line, and we face a recession if auto tariffs are introduced. Yet Justin Trudeau has taken 16 personal days off work since January.  

If our Prime Minister doesn’t take his job seriously, why would the U.S President and his cabinet? 

You never get a second chance to make a first impression. With Trudeau and trade deals it’s not just the message. It’s the messenger.

Over Forty Liberal Broken Promises

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Photo: Alex Tétreault, National Observer

The Liberals have broken more promises than we can count, and have no regrets.       

Justin Trudeau and the Liberals made over 300 promises before and during the last election.   Over 40 are broken already. They refer to many others as “not being pursued” or “under way with challenges,” both of which mean broken.  

When so many promises are broken with no change of conditions and no good explanation, voters know they were duped. Such broken promises are a breach of trust that robs voters of their democratic choice. Such a high number of broken promises demonstrates incredible arrogance.  

Canada could do so much better with a leader with integrity, Andrew Scheer. Send me to Ottawa to work with Andrew on your behalf.     

To be fair, there are times in government when significant unexpected changes of conditions might make keeping an election promise bad for the country. For example, a major terrorist attack, a war, a recession, or even a minority government. But none of those apply in this case.  The Liberals just polled and promised to win the last election, with no integrity.

According to Trudeaumeter they’ve broken 40:   https://trudeaumetre.polimeter.org/

The mother of all Justin Trudeau’s broken promises was that the Liberals would have modest deficits up to $10 B and balance the books in four years. This was a ruse to make his wild spending promises appear affordable.

The Liberals also promised they would end of the first-past-the-post voting system, bring back door-to door mail delivery in Oakville and elsewhere, have free votes for Liberal MPs (outside their platform, Charter and confidence matters) reduce the small business tax to 9%, and end omnibus bills in parliament.  All broken.

I particularly remember seniors telling me they would vote for Oakville Liberal candidate John Oliver because he promised them he would return their door-to-door mail delivery. That was never going to happen.

John Oliver is now promising a national pharmacy-care program to win the next election. Free drugs for everyone. But with over 100 promises broken or not being pursued who can trust the Liberals to keep any promise?   

The promise of transparent government, for example Access to Information laws applying to Minister’s offices, the PMO and the courts is dead, and for a chuckle watch this video of Justin Trudeau’s Parliamentary Assistant NOT answering a question in the House, which happens daily in parliament, including a refusal to tell Canadians what the carbon tax will cost families.           

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8eZI_1mLIdg

Here is one of our star Conservative female MPs Michelle Rempel patiently asking the Minister of Finance 15 questions regarding gender-based analysis of the carbon tax in his budget repeatedly, while he repeatedly evades and refuses to answer any of them, an insult to parliament and all Canadians.    

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NfWcf69c9nU

This Liberal government has become the most secretive I’ve seen.  I believe in transparency, fought for it for 18 years, and want to go back to Ottawa in 2019 to help ensure it is truly practiced in government. I need your support to make this happen.    

-Terence

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