August 29, 2015

Don't be fooled: Trudeau's "social infrastructure" is really social engineering

Brian LilleyArchive

Who can be against infrastructure spending?

Justin Trudeau made a big promise on infrastructure spending and he did it in a way that might make you think he plans on spending a lot of money to fix Canada’s roads and bridges, start big construction projects -- the things most of us think of when we think about government infrastructure programs.

I mean, look, he’s at a construction site, he is surrounded by men and women in hard harts and orange vests, he is standing in front of heavy equipment and promising to spend lots of money.

Don’t buy it, it’s not happening. Why? Well first off because Justin Trudeau and the Liberals won’t win the election. But more because what he is promising isn’t more roads, bridges, the kind of things the federal government has historically been involved in as far as infrastructure goes, no, Trudeau is calling it infrastructure because he knows Canadians like governments spending on those kids of programs but it is mostly about new social spending.

Trudeau’s plan calls for spending in three areas, public transit, social infrastructure and green infrastructure. Most of the things he is promising to spend federal tax dollars on fall well outside of federal jurisdiction. Let’s look at some details.

“Public transit infrastructure: A Liberal government will more than triple federal investment in public transit over the next four years, and over ten years we will quadruple it.”

Public transit. That is a mostly municipal responsibility. The current Conservative government also fund local public transit, a mistake in my view, this should be left up to provinces and municipalities, they have the ability to raise their own taxes and they are constitutionally responsible for it. Under Trudeau’s new plan to spend $60 billion over 10 years, one third will go to public transit.

Another third will go to social programs, essentially.

Trudeau calls it social infrastructure.

Do you define child care and affordable housing as infrastructure or are they social programs?

Trudeau is hiding nearly $20 billion worth of social programs inside an infrastructure program. You can claim you are building the infrastructure for the daycare spaces but that just means the funding for running them on an ongoing basis has to come from somewhere else.

Then Trudeau promises to spend $19.7 billion on green infrastructure.

What does that mean? Well, let’s look at the documents.

“Green infrastructure: A Liberal government will provide dedicated funding to invest in a broad range of projects, including but not limited to: local water and wastewater facilities, climate resilient infrastructure, clean energy…”

You know what this sounds an awful lot like, the Ontario Liberal policies of Dalton McGuinty, they even promise to fund this by issuing Green Bonds and selling them to investors.

But the reason it sounds like Dalton McGuinty’s Ontario likely has to do with this man here, Gerald Butts, often called Trudeau’s right hand man. He designed the green energy plan for Ontario that saw companies promised 80 cents a kilowatt hour for solar and wind power when hydro and nuclear power was at pennies per kilowatt hour. He is the man responsible for pushing power prices through the roof in Ontario and he wants to do the same to the rest of Canada.

No surprise, after he left the Ontario government he went to work for the World Wildlife Fund’s Canadian office and called for an end to all oil and gas being used in Canada

Of course, that would actually mean also getting rid of plastics for things like the beloved iPhone Butts walks around Ottawa muttering into.

So this is sold to Canadians as an infrastructure plan, it is not. It is social engineering and it will not boost the economy without the ongoing influx of tax dollars.

Justin Trudeau says he will keep running deficits if elected but just until 2019.

Can you believe him?

In the 15 budgets presented while his father was prime minister there was one balanced budget and that was in 1969. In 1970 they promised a small short term deficit but by the time Pierre Trudeau left office the deficit was $32.4 billion dollars. Adjusted to 2011 dollars it works out to about $71 billion. The only prime minister to have a higher deficit was Brian Mulroney in the first year after he took over from Trudeau and then he started peeling it back. The mess Pierre Trudeau left Canada in terms of deficits and the expansion of federal social programs put us in deficit position until 1996.

Trudeau’s plan isn’t one for building Canada, for investing in infrastructure, it is a plan to pour a ton of money into big cities for public transit and spend the other two thirds of social engineering. To call it infrastructure spending would be a lie. To say it will get us out of deficit is to live in a dream world.


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commented 2015-09-01 17:10:57 -0400
It strikes me odd that few people seem to notice or care that Trudea criticized Harper for not spending enough during the last recession then he criticized him for putting us into deeper debt and now he says if he is elected he will put us in deeper debt for the next 3 years.
commented 2015-09-01 16:20:51 -0400
As terrifying and unlikely a prospect it is that there’d be a NDP federal government… I am more fearful of Trudeau and his Liberal goons. He may actually be even more Agenda 21 left-wing than Mulcair… More frightening because Mulcair has blue-collar union members to answer to, whereas Trudeau is totally out of touch with blue collar workers, will primarily get votes from idealistic elitists. In short, he will not stop or reverse destructive socialist policies as the NDP have in the past (Bob Rae became fairly “conservative” once he ran out of steam). I think a vote for Trudeau is a vote for United Nations-style loss of sovereignty. Harper is the lesser of evils to say the least.
commented 2015-08-31 20:51:34 -0400
JIMMY DA SILVA said: “Rick, There is one big problem though – Canada IS a socialist country.” Not entirely. We have adopted "socialist style medicine and other practices for the benefit of our citizens, however we are not hardcore “Socialist” in the manner of Cuba, the former Soviet Union or Nazi Germany. It is more a soft socialism as practiced by some european states.
commented 2015-08-31 15:50:01 -0400
Dale Warren commented 2 hours ago
“A liberal’s paradise would be a place where everybody has guaranteed employment, free comprehensive healthcare, free education, free food, free housing, free clothing, free utilities, and only law enforcement has guns. And believe it or not, such a place does indeed already exist: It’s called prison."

Sheriff Joe Arpaio

Pennies do not come from heaven — they have to be earned here on earth.
The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other peoples’ money.

Margaret Thatcher
commented 2015-08-31 13:26:07 -0400

Except AS a liberal – that is not what I expect.
commented 2015-08-31 13:24:43 -0400

I am well aware of ALL the things that Sarah Palin has said and continues. I have vastly enjoyed the entertainment of her absolute idiocy. If you think she is actually intelligent when she speaks, well that tells me everything I need to know about you.

This incoherent babble is hilarious:
commented 2015-08-31 13:14:55 -0400
“A liberal’s paradise would be a place where everybody has guaranteed employment, free comprehensive healthcare, free education, free food, free housing, free clothing, free utilities, and only law enforcement has guns. And believe it or not, such a place does indeed already exist: It’s called prison."

Sheriff Joe Arpaio
commented 2015-08-31 09:01:34 -0400
Joan, Actually I don’t agree with the PUA viewpoint but I can readily understand why contemporary young men develope that kind of cynicism.

Attempts to censor people just make them more interesting and intriguing.

There is nothing in the topic of rape that makes it so sacrosanct that only feminists can talk about it or have a valid viewpoint on it.
commented 2015-08-31 00:51:49 -0400
Jimmy Sarah Palin is far smarter than you and Justin put together maybe try seeing what she actually said, rather than the liberal media lies about her. And look up the amount of Obama gaffes , of course the liberal media ignored those, proving how hypocritical they are
commented 2015-08-31 00:50:19 -0400
Jimmy still waiting for the CBC coverage of the Levin trial. LOL
commented 2015-08-31 00:49:43 -0400
Joan Jimmy does not debate he debases and lies, the left silences those they disagree with then whine if someone tells them to take a hike.
commented 2015-08-31 00:18:48 -0400

Thank you – I appreciate it. I wish more people here could see what you see.
commented 2015-08-30 23:37:02 -0400
Hyacinth – I enjoy a debate of issues. The ad hom competitions, not so much.

I value the few, rare souls who visit this site and express alternate views. Too many of my friends from the old SNN crowd tried this new community out, found it too nasty, and haven’t been back. Most of them Conservative voters.

Alternate views generate discussion which is good for revenue. I like discussions and debates also because they help me explore my own views and understand those views that oppose mine.

I think it is inaccurate to say those who oppose Jimmy dislike him. I think they oppose his views. Like he does theirs. But it’s a shame when people take disagreements personally and exchanges devolve into hate slurs, each competing with the other to cut as deeply as possible.

I don’t want to drive individuals like Jimmy away. His voice is a real minority here and I have always hated the hyena-pack-hanging-off-the-elephants-belly approach to differing interests. I think instead we should all recognize the real reason people like Jimmy come here – because they are closet Conservatives. Instead of driving them away, I think we should seek to woo them.

Now my tongue is in my cheek about Jimmy and others who voice opposing views being closet Conservatives. But you know it is the swing voters who elect – and defeat – governments. We need those swing voters, voters like Jimmy’s 90 year-old friend. Driving them away won’t win their vote.

Honey, not vinegar, is what we Conservatives want to use in winning over opponents. Like Patrick Brown will do with Wynne supporters – he said he thinks Wynne is a good person, that it is not her person or lifestyle he disagrees with, but her policies and ideas. He will defeat her not with homophobic hate slurs but with respectful but persistent criticism of her ideas.
commented 2015-08-30 22:02:01 -0400
Sigh, you think too highly of yourself. If I were to stalk someone it would be you boy, give your head a shake. It was merely to make a point. You see conservatives look up facts before spouting off unlike some Liberals …cough cough
commented 2015-08-30 21:47:54 -0400

Yes – your stalking of me and my posts in doing your “research” shows that you don’t give a rat’s ass at all. I am sure everyone is convinced of that now.
commented 2015-08-30 21:44:15 -0400

Yes, you gave an answer. You also make Sarah Palin look like a candidate for Mensa.
commented 2015-08-30 21:39:39 -0400
Hey Jimmy, I quickly scanned some of the posts on the Rebel site, seems more than “one” dislikes you. Actually quite a few dislike you immensely. Me? I don’t give a rat’s ass what you think because you revealed that you are nothing but a bully and mentally deficient (and not because you are a Liberal, its just your personality).
commented 2015-08-30 21:28:56 -0400
Jimmy Jimmy Jimmy, poor widdle Dimmy. I gave you an answer before. Not a bright bulb are you?
commented 2015-08-30 20:32:27 -0400
GC – Roosh agrees with you … or does he … about women?
commented 2015-08-30 20:24:25 -0400

I see you don’t want to acknowledge that another conservative feels about you as I do and you would rather just blather on hoping that no one will notice.

commented 2015-08-30 20:22:50 -0400

There is one big problem though – Canada IS a socialist country.
commented 2015-08-30 20:01:18 -0400
This social infrastructure WILL include government funded careers for womyn’s studies graduates in advocating feminist propaganda……just as it always did when the Liberals were in power before.

LEAF will get whatever funding it needs to make heterosexuality as illegal as possible.

The only hunting that will be encouraged will be the open season on men in the name of domestic violence prevention.

The armed forces will be budget gutted but still expected to run on every UN mandated errand they are called to.

That funding will go to a growing army of Madam DeFarge eavesdroppers making knots in their knitting over everything that is said on the internet….then passed on to Robespierre-on -a purge type lawyers like one of Ezra’s old nemesis who sues at the very mention of his name.

Universities will be the only beneficiaries of bricks and mortar type infrastructure expansion.
commented 2015-08-30 19:32:22 -0400
Joan said: “Guaranteed income would have to go hand-in-hand with cleaning up all that profitable systemic exploitation of the unfortunate.” A noble scheme! The key would be to hire those that cannot be influenced! Can we do it? Thanks for the cartoon! You caught my message!
commented 2015-08-30 19:31:02 -0400
Jimmy Da Silva commented 29 mins ago

What does that have to do with another conservative recognizing that you are an extremist?

That’s it? You’re slipping man, come on, where’s all those talking points of yours? Ran out of them so all you can do is snarl eh? Too funny!!
commented 2015-08-30 19:29:00 -0400
JIMMY DA SILVA said: “Rick, Awesome – I am one of you now.” Thanks for that. The key to a successful future is cooperation, not subjugation! There are many things you cannot convince me of! We can agree to disagree! However, I have great faith the Canadian Public will come to the right decision! As we have done on many occasions before! Two World Wars bear out that premise! The future is NOT Socialism! Your current life Jimmy exemplifies that recognition. We recognize certain things without going overboard! One only hopes Canadians see that!
commented 2015-08-30 19:28:38 -0400
Joan ya gotta stop that, every time I read it makes me laugh so hard my side aches …. Jimmy a conservative …too much!
commented 2015-08-30 19:22:07 -0400
Hyacinth – Oh I’m sure you could still get Justin to drop his jaw long enough for me to get a swab.
commented 2015-08-30 19:20:34 -0400
Jimmy – Welcome to the fold. You are now officially a grouchy old Conservative.