How a small think tank called Canada 2020 gave rise to Justin Trudeau and became the country’s new nexus of power
In late September, Barack Obama spoke in Toronto at a brilliantly produced event offering the perfect forum for his uplifting “Yes, we still can” message. The occasion also provided a triumphant, brand-burnishing moment for its organizer, Canada 2020, the Ottawa-based enterprise that bills itself as “Canada’s leading, independent, progressive think tank.”
Canada 2020’s scarlet-and-white logo was plastered throughout the Metro Toronto Convention Centre—over the stage, on the T-shirts worn by helpful young volunteers. Screens overhead displayed logos of the event’s many sponsors (among them Shell, Bell, Facebook and Canada Goose) as well as images from past power schmoozes for which Canada 2020 is known—conferences, panels and summits attended by “thought leaders,” politicians, bureaucrats, entrepreneurs, journalists and academics who discuss Big Ideas—from inclusive prosperity to digital democracy. Images of Hillary Clinton, Richard Branson and Larry Summers, former U.S. treasury secretary, flashed by on the screen, as did a parade of big-L Liberals, prominently Justin Trudeau, members of his cabinet, and Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne. Two of those ministers, Bill Morneau and Navdeep Bains*, sat in the audience, as did Wynne.
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2. Ted Cruz: Trudeau abused his power by using Emergencies Act to shut down Freedom Convoy
(Cruz lost me when he called Jan 6 protestors “Terrorists” or something similar. He tried to walk it back on Tucker I think it was, but there is no escaping what he said quite clearly and the walk-back felt like he was playing constitutional-conservatives for chumps)
Just a few days ago, the FDA finally released its first batch of 10,000 documents related to its authorization of the Pfizer vaccine. And within these documents, there is a breakdown of not only the number of fatalities but also the number of adverse reactions that people experience during the first three months of the vaccine rollout. However, due to certain redactions within these documents, it’s unclear what percentage of the overall vaccination rate that represents. However, we were able to find a proxy and calculate it for ourselves.
Meanwhile, while I was in Florida about a week ago, I took the unique opportunity to sit down with Congressman Greg Steube and we discussed how, moving forward, America can deal with the many threats that we face both externally as well as domestically.
4. Barack Obama explains his mentor, Frank Marshal Davis
5. No protest for your basic rights in BC will be tolerated. They will label it an “Occupation” and “Mayhem” and shut it down.