Capitalism vs Socialism false dichotomy part 2

April 12 2019

Some of the comments:

I think more and more people are unhappy with how Capitalism has evolved. Rich people aren’t playing by the same set of rules that 95% of the population has to abide by. Changes are coming hopefully.

Free enterprise vs government… Government control of anything, never works out for “the people”. This is why in the end, socialism, or variations thereof, never work. I am not saying capitalism is the answer, but what works better?

I believe that mindset is the problem. I’m not saying we dismantle everything this country is founded on. I’m saying Capitalism has to be monitored because it is human nature for there to be people that are dishonest! Capitalism in a Democracy with Socialistic programs for the betterment of our society. Honestly all that means is The 1%ers are getting away with tax evasion while the poverty level swells and the middle class shirks. Taking care of people is not a bad thing and making sure the people that can afford to pay taxes the most do!

I agree there needs to be a better solution than what the US, Canada and some other western countries are doing. Finding the right balance and preventing, greed, incompetence, ethics issues and corruption was always a struggle but it got better and now is getting worse.

Some other countries with liberal democracies have found a better balance resulting in taxpayers and the public getting much better value for money while maintaining Shane or higher quality of lives then we have overall.

More on this important discussion here:

And this one. I think this title is misleading sorry but was link to original article with some related links for multiple opinions.

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This may be how the West might be lost | National Post

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Matt Gurney – National Post
March 29, 2019 6:00 AM EDT
Last Updated March 29, 2019 6:00 AM EDT
Filed under: Full Comment

The late 19th century was the era when, in the United States, the West — the Western states of today’s continental U.S. — “was won.” You all know the images — cowboys, steam locomotives belching thick black coal smoke, gold rushes. Perhaps future historians will look back at this moment in history as when the West, this time meaning the Western world, was lost. And the defining image of that may well be a smartphone.

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Fletcher would create four ‘Indigenous’ seats in Manitoba Legislature | Winnipeg Sun

Joyanne Pursaga – Winnipeg Sun – Post Media
April 8 2019

Commentary – Opinion

Government here needs to be scaled down to sustainable size not up plus made more efficient and effective.

This idea has been done in NZ with a proportional number of seats reserved for those of Maori heritage. They used to occupy the entire country. The government and administration in NZ spends less per capital with taxpayers and the public getting better value than here.

The issue is less about representation in Parliament and more about bringing up the standards so all Manitobans have the basics and the same opportunities but in a sustainable manner. Reduce incompetence, bloated bureaucracy, other fiscal mismanagement and ethics violations plus prosecute corruption effectively and with harsh enough consequences. This includes bands and chiefs that do not govern honestly or effectively.

Many aboriginal children and some other children in Manitoba grow up without the basics or the same opportunities most other children have at no fault of their own. Generations of sparation, loss of identity or belonging, abuse or neglect has left many at a disadvantage in many regards.

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OPINION: Don’t be so sure a carbon tax will survive the Supreme Court

Special to Postmedia Network
Published: April 5, 2018

Updated: April 5, 2018


“The Carbon Tax came into effect April 1st, 2019 for Provinces without their own federaly approved carbon reduction scheme. This may be grinding its way through the long court processes but will the money collected be refunded? Likely not.”

Depends on how the majority of the Supreme Court Justices hearing the case see the evidence, their interpretation of the constitution and the impact to the public now and in the future of their decision.

There is other SCC cases involving similar rights to rely on where the federal government did get jurisdiction over the Provinces. The Federal Crown can submit and rely on them or Justices can research and rely on them in their decision if they relevant.

The issue for me is Manitoba and some other provinces not given enough credit for their own green and carbon reduction initiatives plus the way the tax is implemented with no requirement to accurately ascertain the objectives being met or transparency measures for where the tax spent other than some refunded to Canadians.

This is cost taxpayers a lot on both sides in legal and related costs plus time that is needed for other important matters. Why could the elected and appointed officials collaborate and come up with something that is more agreeable by all sides and the public. It has been elsewhere on this and similar large complex issues.

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Election signs and property being damaged in Canada

April 4 2019

Election signs were also vandalized repeatedly on some properties during the last municipal election in Winnipeg. In this recent case in Alberta they even vandalized property.

On top of being criminal it is not democratic, disrespectful and a sad sign of the times.

Is this a break down in society or a sign of how divisive our politics have become? What about Canadians having higher values?

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Canadian Memorial Grant Program for First Responders

April 11 2018

Modified 2018-12-20 – Public Safety Canada

Summary plus opinion commentary

When firefighters, police officers and paramedics put their safety on the line, they are acting in service to all Canadians.

In recognition of the critical role of first responders in protecting Canadians, the Memorial Grant Program for First Responders will provide a one-time lump sum, tax-free direct maximum payment of $300,000 to the families of first responders who have died as a result of their duties.

The effective date for the Memorial Grant Program for First Responders is April 1, 2018. For eligibility, the date of death must be on or after April 1, 2018. The Grant will not be retroactive. You may apply for the Memorial Grant any time after the date of death

What is a line of duty death?
Line of duty deaths includes any death attributable to, and resulting from, the performance of official duties in the following circumstances:

  • Death resulting from a fatal injury (e.g., gunshot wound, stabbing, car accident, etc.) while actively engaged in the duties of a first responder in Canada.
  • Death resulting from an occupational illness primarily resulting from employment as a first responder (e.g., lung cancer, leukemia, non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, heart injury or other illness).
  • Death resulting from, or reasonably attributable to, psychological impairment, specifically suicide, based on a pre-existing diagnosis or other evidence of an operational stress injury.

It does not presently cover those who have been permanently disabled in the line of duty.

More details including how to apply


Large surveys show many Canadians support compensating first responders or their families if they have been injured or die in the line of duty.

Many also support helping the ones diagnosed and suffering from PTSD to help recover, prevent suicide or if it too late and they have taken their own life already to compensate their families.

Is there similar available for veterans?

In modern times more veterans in Canada have died as a result of PTSD than from serving and many of the ones alive and suffering are fighting to be diagnosed or get support.

There is also many Canadians that are well informed and feel most first responders are well compensated with higher than average salaries, pensions and other benefits including generous disability and death benefits.

If the past and current Provincial and Federal governments reigned in incompetence, bloated bureaucracy, other fiscal mismanagement, unethical influence and prevented and prosecuted corruption they would not owe over $1.5 Trillion in debt debt and have debilitating interest payments.

Then Canadians taxpayers would not be under so much tax burden that they living paycheck to paycheck or worse. Then more would support a grant like this.

Some taxpayers are asking if this payment on top of death benefits paid out by their public employment benefits?

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Many Canadian and U.S. schools are waking up to the China threat

April 7 2019

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