Monday, 3 August 2015

Ottawa Citizen

August 3, 2015   

Here’s your Ottawa Citizen newspaper guide to the four main parties’ pledges as the campaign begins.   It is by far not the whole story, but it is a start.  The international economic scene is tenuous and uncertain, and that is a significant reason among others to vote Conservative.
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ECONOMY       © Copyright (c) The Ottawa Citizen

Conservatives:

– Introduced a “family tax cut” that allows couples with children under age 18 to split up to $50,000 of income; caps non-refundable benefit at $2,000.

– Increased annual contribution limit for tax-free savings accounts (TFSAs) to $10,000 from $5,500.

– Increased Universal Child Care Benefit to $160 a month for children under age six, up from $100; added new monthly benefit of $60 for children age six to 17.

– Reduced small-business tax rate to nine per cent from current 11 per cent by 2019; have reduced corporate tax rate from about 22 per cent to 15 per cent.

– Promise to balance the budget this fiscal year.

– Increased eligibility age for receiving Old Age Security benefits to 67 from 65.

– Are examining ways for Canadians to voluntarily contribute more to the Canada Pension Plan.

The NDP promises to:

– Balance the budget in 2016.

– Not raise personal income-tax rates.

– Cancel government’s income-splitting policy for families; says it helps only wealthiest 15 per cent.

– Reverse changes to TFSA contribution limits; says higher amount helps the wealthy and does little for middle-class Canadians.

– Increase income-tax rates on Canada’s largest corporations to about the levels that existed before the Conservatives took office.

– Cut small-business tax rate to nine per cent from current 11 per cent.

– Honour the expanded Universal Child Care Benefit.

– Create $15-a-day national child care program, and create or maintain one million affordable child care spaces across Canada.

– Cancel Conservative decision to increase OAS eligibility age to 67.

– Increase Canada Pension Plan contributions and benefits for Canadians.

The Liberals promise to:

– Cut middle-class income-tax bracket to 20.5 per cent from current 22 per cent; create a new tax bracket of 33 per cent for annual incomes of more than $200,000.

– Cancel income-splitting for families; party calls it “a $2-billion tax break to the top 15 per cent of Canadians.”

– Introduce a new income-tested, tax-free monthly Canada Child Benefit that would boost payments to all families with children and annual income below $150,000.

– Cancel TFSA increase to $10,000, saying it helps well-off Canadians who need it the least.

– Retain tax breaks for small businesses but want to ensure this doesn’t primarily benefit the wealthy.

– Balance the budget in 2016.

– Cancel Conservative plan to increase OAS eligibility age to 67.

– Increase Canada Pension Plan contributions and benefits for Canadians.

The Greens promise to:

– Eliminate personal taxes on incomes below low-income cut-off of $20,000.

– Reduce federal small business tax rate to nine per cent by 2019.

– Raise corporate taxes over four years from the current level of 15 per cent to 19 per cent.

– Work with provinces to increase taxes on tobacco and alcohol.

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SECURITY AND TERRORISM:

The Conservatives have:

– Committed Canada to a military mission against ISIL, sending CF-18 fighter jets to Iraq and Syria.

– Passed Bill C-51, with broad new powers to the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) to expand surveillance and actively disrupt threats to national security. The bill makes it illegal to promote terrorism; lowers the legal threshold required for police to arrest and detain suspected extremists without charge; and allows more than 100 government entities to exchange Canadians’ confidential information if it is “relevant” to a potential or suspected national security threat.

– Committed $292 million over five years to help RCMP, CSIS and the Canada Border Services Agency combat terrorism.

– Created a new parliamentary police force by integrating the former, separate House and Senate security staffs into the Parliamentary Protective Service, while also committing $39 million in additional funding for operational security measures in the Parliamentary precinct.

The NDP promises to:

– End the bombing campaign and pull out all military personnel from Iraq and Syria; boost humanitarian aid to help refugees affected by ISIL as well as investigate and prosecute war crimes.

– Repeal Bill C-51, the anti-terrorism act.

– Provide more independent review of Canada’s national security agencies.

– Support a counter-radicalization program.

The Liberals promise to:

– End the bombing campaign in Iraq and Syria but keep military trainers in Iraq and boost humanitarian aid to help refugees; allow more refugees into the country from Iraq and Syria.

– Make amendments to anti-terrorism Bill C-51 by: limiting the sharing of personal data to 17 government departments and agencies with national security responsibilities; eliminating CSIS’s new power to obtain court warrants to break the law in some cases to disrupt suspected terrorists; adding a three-year sunset provisions on some parts of the law and mandatory parliamentary reviews of the extraordinary security measures.

– Create an all-party national security oversight committee to oversee the 17 government departments and agencies with national security responsibilities.

The Greens promise to:

– Introduce a comprehensive security plan that will provide coordinated direction to the RCMP, CSIS, Canada Border Services Agency, Coast Guard and Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada.

– Ensure responses to terrorism are carried out within a framework consistent with international law.
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ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENT:

The Conservatives have:

– Approved the Enbridge Northern Gateway oilsands pipeline that would run from Alberta to the coast of Kitimat, B.C.; support the proposed TransCanada Energy East project, a west-to-east oil pipeline from Alberta to New Brunswick; support proposed TransCanada Keystone XL oilsands pipeline from Alberta to U.S. Gulf Coast.

– Committed to reducing Canada’s emissions by 30 per cent below 2005 levels by 2030, largely relying on provincial measures to meet that goal.

– Agreed with other G7 nations to move to a low-carbon economy by 2050 and eliminate use of fossil fuels by the end of the century.

The NDP promises to:

– Continue opposing the Northern Gateway pipeline; it initially supported concept of west-east pipeline, but says Energy East can’t be approved without more stringent environmental review process; opposes Keystone XL pipeline.

– Create a cap-and-trade system with a market price on carbon emissions; revenue from cap-and-trade would be invested in a greener energy sector in regions where dollars are generated.

– Work with provinces to create a new fund to help Canadians retrofit their homes and offices to save energy and money.

– Redirect $1 billion a year from fossil fuel subsidies to investment in the clean energy sector.

– Invest in Sustainable Development Technology Canada – including wind, hydro, solar and geothermal technologies – to create thousands of new jobs for Canadians.

The Liberals promise to:

– Continue to oppose proposed Northern Gateway pipeline; support Energy East and Keystone XL pipelines.

– Put a price on carbon pollution that allows provinces to design their own carbon pricing policies.

– Partner with provinces and territories to establish national emissions-reduction targets.

– Invest millions in clean technologies and enhance tax measures to create more green jobs.

– Introduce an environmental review process with more “teeth.”

– Hold First Ministers’ meeting with premiers within 90 days of the Paris UN climate change conference this December to establish a framework for reducing Canada’s carbon footprint.

– Increase the amount of Canada’s protected marine and coastal areas to five per cent by 2017 and 10 per cent by 2020.

– Phase out subsidies for the fossil fuel industry.

– Along with the U.S. and Mexico, develop a North American clean energy and environmental agreement.

The Greens promise to:

– Introduce carbon pricing through a fee-and-dividend system to reduce fossil fuel use and encourage private sector investment in green tech, clean energy and green jobs.

– Accelerate construction of green infrastructure, ensuring a majority of Canada’s energy needs come from renewable sources by 2025.

– Work with the provinces to ensure no new coal-fired electrical generation plants are built in Canada.
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INFRASTRUCTURE AND TRANSPORT:

The Conservatives promise:

– $5.3 billion a year, on average, for provincial and municipal infrastructure under the New Building Canada Plan.

– A New Public Transit Fund committing the federal government to spend $250 million in 2017, $500 million in 2018 and $1 billion a year after 2019.

– $150 million for Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program to fund community and cultural infrastructure projects across the country as a way to celebrate Canada’s sesquicentennial in 2017.

The NDP promises to:

– Dedicate an additional one cent of the existing 10-cents-per-litre federal gas tax to roads, bridges and other core infrastructure, reaching an additional $1.5-billion annually by the end of an NDP government’s first mandate, on top of almost $2.2 billion in existing annual gas tax transfers to municipalities.

– Develop a better transit plan with the provinces and territories and invest $1.3 billion annually over next 20 years for predictable and stable public transit funding for municipalities.

The Liberals promise to:

– Boost infrastructure funding through “alternative sources of capital” such as having large pension funds invest in major infrastructure projects in urban and rural communities.

– Provide infrastructure funding for affordable housing, public transit, transportation, climate change and “smart cities.”

– Hold a big city mayors’ meeting in Ottawa annually to discuss pressing infrastructure issues facing cities.

The Greens promise to:

– Reinvest in national rail systems, build more train cars, increase train speeds and phase in high-speed rail where feasible.

– Increase joint federal-municipal light-rail investments.

– Improve Via Rail service nationwide, including working with railway companies to improve rail infrastructure and restore VIA rail service to all major regional cities.
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FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND DEFENCE:

The Conservatives promise to:

– Increase Department of National Defence’s budget to three per cent starting in 2017-18, totalling an additional $11.8 billion over 10 years.

– Commit an additional $3.5 billion over five years toward maternal, newborn and child health initiative, on top of $2.8-billion commitment at G8 summit in 2010.

The NDP promises to:

– Increase Canada’s foreign aid to 0.7 per cent of gross national income, or GNI (Canada currently spends 0.24 per cent of GNI on foreign aid).

– Reopen the nine Veterans Affairs regional offices closed by the Conservative government.

The Liberals promise to:

– Make Canada a “world leader” at multinational institutions.

– Reverse the decline in foreign aid.

– Reopen nine Veterans Affairs regional offices closed by the Conservative government.

– Create a cabinet committee to oversee and manage Canada’s relationship with the United States.

– Host a new trilateral summit with the United States and Mexico.

The Greens promise to:

– Reduce by 30 per cent the $2.7 billion spent every year on DND consultants, contractors and other private sector contracts.

– Realign defence spending to increase emphasis on disaster assistance; shift focus away from NATO “war missions” towards UN peacekeeping contributions.

– Ensure development assistance targets the “poorest of the poor.”
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SOCIAL ISSUES:

The Conservatives promise to:

– Beginning in 2017–18, increase annual health funding to provinces to grow in line with nominal GDP, guaranteed to increase three per cent each year (current increases are six per cent annually).

– Retool $2-billion-per-year Labour Market Development Agreements with provinces to reorient training towards needs of employers and job seekers.

– Provide $65 million over four years, starting in 2016–17, to business and industry associations to allow them to work with post-secondary institutions to better align curricula with needs of employers.

The NDP promises to:

– Restore the six-per-cent annual increase to health-care transfers to the provinces.

– Restore door-to-door home mail delivery by Canada Post for households that lost it under Conservative government.

– Reinstate the mandatory long-form census, which the government replaced with the voluntary National Household Survey.

The Liberals promise to:

– Strengthen the federal government’s role in safeguarding the national health-care system; meet with the premiers on how to improve the system in areas such as wait times, affordability of prescription drugs, and availability of homecare.

– Restore door-to-door home mail delivery by Canada Post.

– Reinstate the long-form census and make Statistics Canada independent.

The Greens promise to:

– Ban unpaid internships.

– Boost access to apprentice programs in key trades such as electrical, plumbing, carpentry, pipefitting, welding and others.

– Develop a Youth Community and Environment Service Corps that will provide federal minimum wage employment for 40,000 youth aged 18-25 every year for four years, at cost of $1.25 billion a year; $4,000 tuition credit awarded to each participant, at the successful completion of each year-long program, that can be applied to further education and training.
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DEMOCRATIC REFORM AND GOVERNANCE:

The Conservatives promise to:

– Place a moratorium on new Senate appointments in an effort to pressure the provinces to accept reforms to the upper chamber or abolish it.

– Introduce legislation that would require Canadians’ approval in national referendum before first-past-the-post electoral system could be changed.

The NDP promises to:

– Replace the current first-past-the-post electoral system with a mixed member proportional system, which combines proportional representation of parties in House of Commons with direct election of MP in each riding.

– Abolish the Senate (which requires constitutional talks with the provinces).

– Strengthen the mandate and independence of the Parliamentary Budget Officer and make the position an Officer of Parliament.

The Liberals promise to:

– Introduce changes to strengthen the Access to Information system and ensure this applies to the Prime Minister’s Office and ministers’ offices.

– Create a quarterly, more detailed parliamentary expense report, and open up the secretive House of Commons Board of Internal Economy.

– Create a non-partisan, independent process for advising the prime minister on Senate appointments.

– Allow more time for questions and answers during question period, and introduce a prime minister’s question period.

– Ban partisan government ads and appoint an Advertising Commissioner to help the Auditor General provide oversight on government advertising.

– Revamp the electoral process by eliminating the first-past-the-post voting system; will study measures such as ranked ballots, proportional representation, mandatory voting, and online voting.

The Greens promise to:

– Eliminate first-past-the-post system, and consult the public on the style of proportional representation best suited to Canada.

– End whipped votes in the House of Commons.

– Discourage patronage appointments by establishing an independent agency for appointments to government tribunals, boards and senior positions.
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JUSTICE:

The Conservatives promise to:

– NOT decriminalize or legalize possession of marijuana.

– Consider Canadian police chiefs’ call for ticketing system for people possessing 30 grams of pot or less.

– Re-introduce previously tabled legislation to imprison the most brutal criminals for the rest of their natural lives and quickly deport hardcore foreign criminals. Also, to enact an amended version of the government’s previous mandatory-minimum sentencing law for gun crimes, which was struck down as unconstitutional by the Supreme Court of Canada.

The NDP promises to:

– Immediately decriminalize marijuana, where users aren’t criminally prosecuted so nobody goes to jail for smoking a joint; party is open to considering legalization, but is calling for a commission to consult Canadians and instruct Parliament on how to carefully regulate non-medical use.

– Introduce legislation demanding Supreme Court of Canada justices be bilingual.

– Strengthen laws to keep drunk drivers off of streets.

The Liberals promise to:

– Legalize pot and allow it to be sold – and taxed – in approved outlets. Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau says he expects people would not be allowed to buy the drug until they turn 18 or 19, depending on the province in which they live.

– Consider reviewing mandatory minimum sentences.

– Require judicial nominees to the Supreme Court of Canada to speak both official languages.

The Greens promise to:

– Repeal all the government’s criminal laws creating mandatory minimum sentences.

– Review the Young Offenders Act to ensure it is not an inducement to youth crime, but retain its core principle that youth should not be treated as hardened criminals.

– Increase penalties for domestic violence and ensure protection for the victims and survivors of domestic violence.
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ABORIGINAL ISSUES

The Conservatives promise to:

– Review the 94 recommendations released in June by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, which the Tory government established as part of the 2007 Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement.

– Provide $500 million to building and renovating schools on reserves.

– Commit $567 million over five years for Aboriginal people and northerners to help build “stronger communities.”

– Budget promises include $215 to provide skills development and training for aboriginal peoples; $200 million to improve First Nations education and outcomes in schools; and $30.3 million to expand a plan that helps communities create their own land management laws to improve economic development on reserve lands.

The NDP promises to:

– Call a national inquiry into murdered and missing aboriginal women, and act on other recommendations from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

– Reduce poverty, improve educational outcomes and increase opportunities for First Nations, Inuit and M├ętis communities across Canada.

– Create a cabinet committee, chaired by the prime minister, to ensure federal government decisions respect treaty rights and Canada’s international obligations.

The Liberals promise to:

– Rebuild the relationship between aboriginal and non-aboriginal Canadians.

– Call a national inquiry into murdered and missing aboriginal women.

– Implement all 94 recommendations from Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

– Create more transparency and accountability with First Nations; pass legislation in consultation with First Nations people on implementing the reforms.

– Provide stable, predictable funding for First Nations education to close the “unacceptable gap” in learning outcomes for First Nations students.

The Greens promise to:

– Adopt recommendations from the TRC report, including a national inquiry into murdered and missing aboriginal women.

– Amend laws to recognize Indigenous approval of natural resource projects as equivalent in weight to federal government approval.

               

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Sunday, 2 August 2015

Election October 19, 2015

August 2,2015
Paul,  -  Earlier today, I met with His Excellency, the Governor General.   The 42nd general election is officially underway. Election Day will be October 19.  

This is an election about leadership on the big issues that affect us all: our economy, and our nation’s security.   It is a serious choice between proven, real-world experience and a dangerous approach that has failed before and is failing in other countries.

As Canadians know, today’s global economy remains uncertain.   Canada has continued to perform well compared to other G7 countries, but we cannot lose our focus or veer off course.   Managing our economy remains our government’s top priority.   

Our choices have been prudent and our actions have been disciplined.   As a result, our economy and our employment have grown steadily over six years.   Our budget is balanced.   Now is not the time for the kinds of hazardous economic schemes that are doing so much damage elsewhere in the world.  

This election is also about our security.   The rise of the so-called Islamic State has fueled a violent, global jihadist movement that poses a direct threat to our friends, our allies, and to Canadians.   In Europe, Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine and ongoing military aggression continues to threaten the peace and stability won at great price by previous generations.

Our government has taken decisive action in response to these threats.   We are part of the international coalition against ISIS and at the forefront in the world’s response to Russian aggression.   Now is not the time for political correctness, inexperienced governance or an ideological unwillingness to act.   We must face those who threaten us with moral clarity, strength, and resolve.

Between now and Election Day, Canadians will make a critical decision about the direction of our country; a decision with real consequences.   A decision about who has the proven experience today to keep our economy strong and our country safe.

Paul, this will be one of the most important elections our Party has ever fought.   We have assembled an impressive team of candidates all across Canada.   Now, I’m asking you to step up and be a part of our 2015 Campaign.   Can I count on you to sign up and volunteer with your local candidate?

Over the coming weeks I look forward to meeting many of you from coast to coast to coast as we lay out the next steps in our plan.

Thank you,  Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of Canada
Leader, Conservative Party of Canada


Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Prime Minister on Canada Day

Statement by the Prime Minister of Canada on Canada Day

July 1, 2015 Ottawa

Prime Minister Stephen Harper today issued the following statement to mark Canada Day:

“We Canadians are blessed to live in the best country in the world.   But we must remember that our good fortune is not an accident.   It’s the direct result of visionary leaders, of courageous men and women in uniform, of the waves of industrious immigrants who have come to our shores, of the decorated athletes who unite us and make us proud, and of course, because of Canada’s families.”

“Moms and dads, sons and daughters, who work hard every day in their own way, to help make Canada a better, stronger, more prosperous country.   Today, let us celebrate the people who make Canada great.”

“Let us, with proud and glowing hearts, rededicate ourselves to the service of our great country, Canada, strong, united and free.   From my family to yours, Happy Canada Day!”




Sunday, 28 June 2015

Terrorism

June 26, 2015
Prime Minister Stephen Harper today issued the following statement on terrorist attacks that occurred in France, Kuwait and Tunisia:

“I was both saddened and angered today to learn of the heinous terrorist attacks that occurred in France, Kuwait and Tunisia that claimed the lives of many, and injured others.   On behalf of all Canadians, Laureen and I offer our deepest condolences to the family and friends of those lost today and a speedy recovery to those injured.   Canadian agencies have reached out and offered French authorities our full support as they bring the perpetrators of this heinous crime to justice.   We mourn today with France and stand behind our close friend on this dark day.”

Canada also strongly condemns the unfolding terrorist attacks in Kuwait and Tunisia that have killed and injured many.   Our hearts and prayers are with the families and friends of all victims.   The international jihadist movement has declared war on Canada, and the shared values of freedom, democracy and human dignity.   Canada will not sit on the sidelines as this global terrorist group unleashes senseless violence on innocent civilians from Europe to the Middle East.    We will continue to protect Canadians, support the international coalition to degrade the jihadist threat, and stand shoulder to shoulder with our allies in defiance of this evil.”

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Background:  ISIS is an Islamic entity, which uses terrorism as the primary basis for control, as it enforces Shari'a.   From the early years of Islam, numerous governments have been founded as "Islamic."   However, the term "Islamic state" has taken on a specific present connotation in the news.   The recent emergence of the Islamic state has been spread by radical ideologues such as Abul A'la Maududi, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, Israr Ahmed, and Sayyid Qutb.   Like the older notion of the Caliphate, the present Islamic state is based on Islamic law and clearly follows the example of Muhammad. 

However, unlike old Caliph-led governments which were despotisms, a modern Islamic state incorporates false political institutions, such as rigged elections, synthetic parliamentary rule, religious judiciary, and sovereignty control though the use of secret police, torture and frequent public hangings.   Today, Muslim countries have incorporated Islamic law, wholly or in part, into their legal systems.   Human Rights do not exist under these governments, as they collectively renounced the United Nations Declaration on Human Rights and international law. 

These 50 or more countries substituted their own international declaration that imposes the authority of Shari'a.   The Cairo Declaration was adopted in Cairo Egypt in 1990, which affirms Islamic Shari'a as its sole source of law.   In short, the declaration says: -ARTICLE 24: All the rights and freedoms stipulated in this Declaration are subject to the Islamic Shari’ah.   ARTICLE 25: The Islamic Shari’ah is the only source of reference for the explanation or clarification of any of the articles of this Declaration.   Consequently, the people in these countries suffer, as they have no Christian cultural ethic of equality, fairness, brotherly love, or forgiveness, as those notions are opposite to Shari'a.

What started out as a relatively obscure faction of al-Qaeda, ISIS has quickly become a ruthlessly brutal terrorist movement gaining ground and recruiting fighters at disturbingly fast speeds.   With their cold-blooded mass executions plaguing Western headlines, little has been published to address the question "why?".   With recent attacks on Western soil, it is important to understand the gravity and seriousness that drives the worst terrorist group known, which could perhaps offer powerful insight into how they can be stopped.

ISIS is a religious group consisting of Muslims involved in the Sunni Islamic Movement.   This terrorist group is currently being referred to by a variety of names but all thrive under the same agenda and belief system: Islamic State (IS), Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL).   It is speculated that the birth of ISIS began around 2006 when a group of al-Qaeda members developed ideological differences in their overall strategy and doctrine, particularly relevant to the violent enforcement of Sharia Law.   New leadership formed a split amongst the group propagating Sharia Law and thus the beginnings of the Islamic State.   An important fact about ISIS is that they demand to be known as a State, and they currently hold a huge territory in Syria and a good portion of Iraq—declaring it a "Caliphate" in June of 2014 after seizing control over Mosul, the second largest city in Iraq.

ISIS now controls an area larger than the United Kingdom.   A Caliphate is an Islamic state where Sharia Law is strictly enforced and led by a single supreme religious and political leader called a caliph.   Sharia Law is based on certain teachings of the Qur’an and requires all people under the jurisdiction to abide by these laws, which include: flogging, stoning, hanging, beheading, crucifixion, amputation, and other types of violent punishments.

Following the declaration of the Caliphate, followers named Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi as its "caliph".  It is believed that Baghdadi holds a doctorate in Islamic studies from a university in Baghdad and is an experienced Iraqi fighter, who took control when the original leader of ISIS, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, was killed in a US airstrike.   Having been arrested for street thuggery, he spent four years in U.S. detention camp, but was released in 2009, as he was believed to be a low threat.   With an original, primary focus on gaining and securing regional land to form the Caliphate, al-Baghdadi is more recently reportedly calling on ISIS followers to carry out attacks at home on Western soil, as demonstrated by the recent terror attack in Paris, France at Charlie Hebdo and a terrorist attempt at an anti-Muslim event in Garland, TX.The Islamic State group (ISIS or IS) has executed more than 3,000 people in Syria, including hundreds of civilians, in the year since it declared its self-described "caliphate," a monitor said on Sunday.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based group monitoring Syria's conflict, said it had documented 3,027 executions by IS since June 29, 2014, including 74 children, said the Observatory.   Members of Sunni Shaitat tribe account for around half of the civilians murdered.   IS killed 930 members of the clan in Deir Ezzor last year, after they rose up against the extremist Sunni Muslim group.

What does ISIS Believe?
The belief system of ISIS is fundamentally and strictly Islamic.   It is understood that every strategy, decision and law enforced adheres strictly to "the Prophetic methodology" as detailed by Muhammad in the Qur’an.   The ideology and atrocities of ISIS (in particular to Sharia Law) have led to them finding opposition from various Islamic leaders and groups, including terrorist group al-Qaeda.   Despite ISIS having roots with al-Qaeda, al-Qaeda has abandoned links to ISIS criticizing their disregard for civilian life, thus overshadowing one of the most notorious terrorist groups in history, making them a shared enemy of the United States.

Where does ISIS get money?
ISIS is shockingly rich.   So rich, that it is estimated that they receive upwards of 3 million dollars a day in revenue, with a net worth of 2 billion dollars, making them one of the richest terrorist groups in history.   They are funded through means of extortion racket, wealthy donors, human trafficking, kidnapping, looting, taxes, oil smuggling and robbery.

What does ISIS want?
A fundamental goal of ISIS is to eradicate Christians and other religious groups, through any cold-blooded means.   This includes genocide towards the following: Christians, Assyrians, Chaldeans, Syriac and Armenian Christians, Yazidis, Druze, Shabaks, Mandeans and any people who they claim disobey Sharia law.   As seen in recent headlines, innocent civilians are being forced from their homes, fleeing for their lives.   Women are enslaved, men are beheaded and children are reported massacred as well.   As a "reward" for their work, ISIS fighters receive captured women as young as 13 to rape.   In the first eight months of 2014, it is believed that 10,000 civilians have died from beheadings, crucifixions, gunfire, dehydration, starvation, etc.

How does ISIS recruit followers?
The internet and social media have quickly become one of ISIS’s greatest tools and allies.   Their armies grow and flourish through social media and online messages.   ISIS fighters have tripled from 10,000 to over 31,000 in just a few months.   It is estimated that well over 1000 westerners have joined and are welcomed to the group due to their value in being able to use their passports to carry out attacks on Western soil.   Hollywood-esque style execution videos are produced and published online, with each video becoming more gripping and grotesque than the previous — attracting disturbed and impressionable followers from the West.

Who else supports ISIS?
ISIS “wives” are becoming a great threat.   They are responsible for operations and communications with ISIS fighters, especially because they believe U.S. intelligence pays less attention to them.   Another unassuming group has become young Sunni men.   With a failing economy, no job prospects and facing poverty, joining the ISIS army is an attractive and easy decision for these young, impressionable and desperate men.

What does ISIS want to happen?
ISIS believes that they are in the battle for end times of all history.   ISIS is a doomsday-driven movement, consisting of the prophetic belief that they are the central focus of a foreign invasion of infidels to end the world as we know it.   These end-times prophesies behold a strategy outlining their path to Judgement Day, which could prove valuable to the West in navigating their behaviour.   During the last years of the U.S. occupation of Iraq, the Islamic State’s immediate founding fathers, by contrast (to al-Qaeda leadership), saw signs of the end times everywhere.   The Islamic State has attached great importance to the Syrian city of Dabiq, near Aleppo.   It named its propaganda magazine after the town, and celebrated madly when at great cost, it conquered Dabiq’s strategically unimportant plains.   It is here, the Prophet reportedly said, that the armies of Rome will set up their camp.   The armies of Islam will meet them, and Dabiq will be Rome’s Waterloo.   An anti-Messiah, known in Muslim apocalyptic literature as Dajjal, will come from the Khorasan region of eastern Iran and kill a vast number of the Caliphate’s fighters, until just 5,000 remain, cornered in Jerusalem.   Just as Dajjal prepares to finish them off, Jesus—the second-most-revered prophet in Islam—will return to Earth, spear Dajjal, and lead the Muslims to victory.   This grotesque imaginary story is not found in the Bible.

What is next for ISIS?
What is next for ISIS?   They wait and build their strength.   They pursue acts of terror around the world.   Currently, farmland in Dabiq is under siege and ISIS awaits the invasion of the infidel army in this prophesied final battle and thus inaugurating the countdown to what they believe will be the end of the world.   Although this is pacing to be a war that is far from over, their zeal towards their own obliteration coupled with obedience to the prophesies, could prove helpful to Western forces in finally ceasing the bloodshed of so many people.

(compilation from varied sources)


Tuesday, 23 June 2015

National Day of Remembrance

Statement by the Prime Minister of Canada to mark the National Day of Remembrance for Victims of Terrorism

June 23, 2015 Ottawa

“Thirty years ago today, in June 1985, a terrorist attack took place that killed all 329 passengers and crew members aboard Air India Flight 182.   On this somber anniversary, we stand in solidarity with the friends and families who lost loved ones in that heinous attack and honour those lost.   On this sad day, let us also remember all those who were victims of such senseless acts of hate and empathize with the families left to mourn.

“Today, Laureen and I had the privilege of laying a wreath in the Hall of Honour on Parliament Hill in remembrance.   We were deeply moved by this solemn tribute as well as by our meeting with families impacted by acts of terror.

“It is no secret that we live in troubled times.   The world is now faced with an enemy who opposes the values we hold most dear: freedom, democracy, tolerance and openness.   This enemy is violent jihadism, and we cannot and will not ignore the threat it presents to Canadians here at home and abroad.

“That is why we have joined our allies in a broad international coalition to fight the so-called Islamic State (ISIS).   It is why we have provided our law enforcement and security agencies with significant new resources, legislation and other tools to fight terrorists and keep Canadians safe.   The brave men and women of our military, our security agencies and our local law enforcement are the frontline that stands between peace and order, and fear and turmoil.   We thank them for their vigilance and dedicated service.

“On days such as this, I cannot help but cast my mind back to the Canadians who perished in Air India Flight 182 and in the World Trade Center attacks, to last year’s cowardly murders of Corporal Nathan Cirillo and Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent, and to the many terrorist activities that have been foiled by the vigilance of our security agencies.   These recollections serve as a reminder that Canada is not immune to the threat of terrorism and that continued vigilance is essential.


“As we mark the National Day of Remembrance for Victims of Terrorism, let us renew our resolve to continue responding to the terrorist threat with vigilance and decisive action.   We owe this to the many victims lost to terrorism.”

Monday, 8 June 2015

Ukraine

The Prime Minister was in the Ukraine.  This report, and what it symbolizes, is much more important than the media comprehend.  Think about it from a geopolitical perspective.

Click on the link to watch the video.  One can sign up for free to receive these regularly, to see what is actually going on.  This link bypasses the media spin and their non-reporting, that they use to further their agenda.

http://pm.gc.ca/eng/video/24-seven-exclusive-pm-harpers-trip-ukraine

Wednesday, 27 May 2015

Sunday Picnic



 1877 May Queen Suite
 New Westminster Armoury
 Lancers

 Taylor Atherley Miss New Westminster Ambassador 2015





 Quadrilles






 Farewell Picture
Wave in Tipperary Park New Westminster

Tradition is saved.   Members of the May Queen Suite, Royal Knights, and Royal Lancers have fun at the inaugural May Day Community Heritage Picnic, New Westminster.

More than 300 attended the heritage picnic at the Royal Westminster Regiment Armoury on Sunday May 24th, 2015.   The Royal Lancers’ performance with members of the May Queen Suites was a highlight.

Honorary Colonel Karen Baker-MacGrotty, who organized the event with her husband David MacGrotty, remarked that the event was absolutely unbelievable and fantastic, seeing the joy on the children’s faces.   Everyone enjoyed a great afternoon, young and old.

The event was a finale to New Westminster’s Hyack Festival week.   The gathering included a PowerPoint presentation on the history of New Westminster’s May Day, a display of memorabilia, an honour guard, and military brass band music.   Boys serving as Royal Knights read out May Day historic trivia, while girls in both the 2014 and 2015 May Queen Suites danced four quadrille performances, including the rousing march-in and march-out with the Lancers.

The dances were in honour of Queen Victoria, as it was her actual birthday.   It was fortunate to have this year’s event take place on her birthday, within an Armoury that was built during her reign.   She gave the city its name, and forever is known as the Royal City.

Instead of letting the tradition fade away, supporters rallied together to organize a new free community event, which in ways was similar to the very first May Days in the city.   Kathie (Gifford) Glassie, the city’s 1975 May Queen, served as the event’s MC. 

As a picnic, it was inexpensive and accessible for all.   However, it also had some ceremony that was fitting for the day.   Based on success, and a desire to keep the May Queen Suite and Royal Lancers’ tradition alive – organizers plan to have an annul gathering.

Based on material from New Westminster Record (Theresa McManus)