January 05, 2018

Minimum wage meltdown: Wynne picks fight with Tim Horton's — but she's the real “bully”. PLUS what was Joshua Boyle really doing in Afghanistan?

Ezra LevantRebel Commander

 

Last week the minimum wage in Ontario was $11.60/hour. This week it’s $14/hour. That’s a 21 per cent jump.

According to the Bank of Canada, this will kill 60,000 jobs in the next 12 months.

Which brings us to the case of Tim Hortons.

I have my political beef with Tim Hortons: A couple of years ago, Tim Hortons banned ads from Enbridge, the pipeline company, from their in-store TV channel.

So we did a campaign called Boycott Tims. Thousands signed the petition, and I hand-delivered it to the CEO, who wasn’t too pleased.

But that’s one thing. The fact that they have been hit by this 21 per cent hike in labour costs is another.

And that hits franchisees — the people who work 18 hour days and pay the franchise fees to the Brazilian masters who actually own this "Canadian" company.

So what can those franchisees do? Maybe they’ll bring in McDonald’s-style touch screens?

For now, they’re making staff pay for their own uniforms and not paying for breaks anymore.

So Kathleen Wynne, the premier of Ontario, raged at these franchisees — in particular, singled out one named Ron Joyce Jr., whose dad actually started Tim Hortons.

Wynne called Joyce a "bully."

A Liberal premier can raise taxes or run a deficit, and what are you going to do — leave the province?

But a coffee shop can’t run a deficit or force customers to pay.

If you were Tim Hortons, would you expand your franchises in Ontario?

Because Kathleen Wynne isn’t done with her minimum wage hikes — another one is coming in 360 days...

NEXT: Our Alberta Bureau Chief Sheila Gunn Reid joins me to talk about the "Lethbridge Green Challenge," asking locals to "use reusable shopping bags, take shorter showers, unplug electronics devices, eliminate vehicle idling and eat less meat" for one month.

But there's another NDP "green" plan in the works that you have to hear to believe...

THEN: Here's a conversation you won't hear anywhere else:

Lee Humphrey, president of James International Security Consulting in Washington, DC, tells us about his troubling encounter with ex-hostage Joshua Boyle.

FINALLY: Your messages to me!

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commented 2018-01-06 02:10:14 -0500
Shannon Phillips rant against beef is proof that Santa Claus is a conservative.

Not long ago, Australia’s socialists imposed a similar minimum wage nightmare. Tragic, tragic results. Raising minimum wages only bolsters union negotiating power – that’s why leftists champion the idea. Notley claims a raise will give people ‘a living wage’. What were they … Dead?
commented 2018-01-06 01:55:26 -0500
Rebalation, in that link you provided about the Canadians Justin did not lift a finger for, Humphrey’s says of the Filipino military police, “I asked each and every one of them if they’d come in contact with any Canadian officials since the killings, and none had,” Humphrey told CBC.
“They had no reason to lie or cover up any covert effort by Canada to investigate the killings of John and Robert. I do not believe there was ever any investigation nor any attempt to investigate the killings.”

Trudeau said Canada is “in close contact with our partners in the Philippines and elsewhere around the world because we are determined and serious about ensuring there are consequences for people who commit acts of terrorism.”

Lee Humphrey said he hadn’t seen any proof of a concerted Canadian investigation into the deaths of Ridsdel and Hall.
Good work Justin.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/few-signs-of-canadian-investigation-into-abu-sayyaf-beheadings-in-philippines-1.4047253

Boyle can thank his lucky stars he had an American wife or he would have died over there with his family, had it been up to Trudeau. So glad Boyle posted those pictures of his family with our PM. Justin owes Canadians answers and what has been offered so far is not good enough.
commented 2018-01-06 01:42:27 -0500
MARTIN ASHFIELD commented 2018-01-05 20:46:12 0500
Trudeau isn’t fit to claim that he is a human being leave alone the PM of Canada. What an utter failure as a human and as a government official of a country like Canada – what an utter failure!
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But, Martin, Frank Hohimer is always telling us that Canadians love Spudsy Malone and will be certain to vote for him again for a second term. Perhaps. If so Canadians deserve the government they get. As Ernest Manning said, “If the people haven’t suffered enough it is their god-given right to suffer some more”.
commented 2018-01-06 01:20:16 -0500
I wish I had five bucks for every time I asked a Tim Horton’s employee for a “black coffee,” only to be asked “D’ya want cream and sugar in that?” I could buy enough coffee to last me at least 2 or 3 years.
I know this is going to sound like a really radical idea to Timmies managers and franchisees, but if you want to keep making a profit why don’t you start hiring people who have enough brain power to give you your money’s worth?
commented 2018-01-06 00:43:56 -0500
Terry MacLeod,

Well the conservatives are going to need someone better than Andrew Scheer to beat Trudeau, so perhaps there will be another vote for leader after Scheer loses in 2019.
commented 2018-01-06 00:42:35 -0500
Welcome Zuzana Simpson. It is not only you. There are very few good women in Canadian politics and the ones who exist are conservative MP’s. Those on the left , too numerous to mention, thanks to Justin’s affirmative action plan (in an attempt to out number Harper’s female cabinet) are so bad it would be a hilarious joke if it weren’t so pathetic and cruel.
These silly women are not a good look for our gender or our country. I don’t know who is more of an embarrassment, Climate Barbie, Cryin Chrystia, or Mariam,’ I believe I was born in Afghanistan’ Iranian Monsef.

Wynne, Notley, even Redford made Christie Clark look like a saint and she was not that. Wynne and Notley are tied for the winner of the most despicable. Canada’s liberal female politicians so far have definitely been a wash. To say that it is reflecting badly would be an understatement.
commented 2018-01-06 00:34:47 -0500
Tammie thanks for posting Amazing Polly links lately. I like that gal.
commented 2018-01-06 00:33:00 -0500
Zuzana Simpson—I agree with your observation where you suggest most women make bad Premiers.
Three years ago, we had six Female Premiers (counting Northwest Territories) In 13 months, once Notley is gone, Canada will have no female Premiers.
commented 2018-01-06 00:32:37 -0500
James Crockett, just slam dunking the Marxist bastard would be good enough for me.
commented 2018-01-06 00:29:08 -0500
I think Trudeau being re-elected is pretty much a slam dunk, even if you hate him.
commented 2018-01-06 00:19:54 -0500
Great interview with Mr. Humphrey. Knowing that this Boyle is a jihadi wannabe, it is very disturbing that he met with Trudo who surely knew he had refused to board a US plane. This country is becoming a jihadist heaven and I guess that all of the western world politicians know that Trudo is a totally incompetent fool. Shame on the Canadians who elected jihadi Justin, and kept voting for Wynne, Notley and the rest of the bunch empty-headed liberals and democrats across this country. We criticize Andrew Scheer, but who again voted for this latest lunatic. I’m starting to feel personnally insulted by the veil of general stupidity that covers this country. The price is this stupidity will be very hefty.
commented 2018-01-06 00:19:28 -0500
Ron Voss said, Trudeau is becoming a serious liability for the Liberals being re-elected. Your above statement should be true, with all Trudeau’s scandals of late, plus Morneau’s insane behavior.
This weeks Nanos Research poll, 1000 people across Canada shows Trudeau is ahead of Andrew Scheer by 26%.
The question is: Is Trudeau that good, or is Scheer that bad?

We Have to get a replacement for Scheer. I have been calling Conservative offices, and writing to Conservative Politicians and asking them to start a NEW Party.
How come the CPC can’t see the coming disaster? Everyone else can.
commented 2018-01-06 00:14:33 -0500
The U.S. purposefully kept the Canadians in the dark because of Trudeau’s inept stupidity (inept stupidity my words). Unbelievable. I am so glad to hear that Trump is clear on what we are dealing with in Canada with our leadership. Wow!
That was an amazing interview with Lee Humphrey, what a scoop!
commented 2018-01-05 23:42:18 -0500
TAMMIE, I am surprised that CTV and Don Martin would issue such a critical report about Trudeau. Maybe the mainstream media is turning on him because he is becoming a serious liability for the Liberals being re-elected?
With respect to that posed photo of Trudeau appearing as part of some sort of happy family gathering with Boyle’s family, that obviously wasn’t a selfie. Who took that photo and how did Boyle get it so that he could post it on Twitter? Add that to Ezra’s 8 questions from the other night.
commented 2018-01-05 23:30:16 -0500
Here’s a New Year’s Resolution specific for the NDP: Stop imbibing the socialist Kool-Aid, it makes you irrational and insane!
commented 2018-01-05 22:48:31 -0500
James Crockett
Rebelation Rebelation====Many new jobs and as you say most are part time.

What most Canadians don’t understand is when the US Elephant moves, the Canadian Mouse moves behind it. These jobs were created DESPITE TRUDEAU, and are a result of Trumps Economics. CBC and CTV financial women don’t understand that.
If NAFTA doesn’t go through, they will understand in a hurry, when Businesses move to the US.
commented 2018-01-05 22:28:30 -0500
Does it not show from the video. Muslim devotees from what I know according to their faith. A proper facial growth is the beard, but unshaven upper lip? If I was growing facila hair, Why do I shave the must ache, and keep the jaw hair, beard?
commented 2018-01-05 22:16:49 -0500
Rebelation Rebelation,

At a time when people are desperate for any job, I suspect 400,000+ jobs is a good thing for Canadians by any standard. Especially considering that those numbers far exceeded expectations.
commented 2018-01-05 22:08:34 -0500
I really like the woman who heads up the AFD, Alternatives for Germany.
commented 2018-01-05 22:08:33 -0500
Is it just me, or does anyone else get the feeling that women in politics is a really bad idea ? I’m a business woman and I get really frustrated with the bleeding hearts female politicians who think they’re gonna save the world with their environmental taxes and higher minimum wages. Women politicians, who can barely manage a household budget, (Canadian household debt is at its highest levels as women make 70% of the spending decisions), never mind a business budget. Politicians are so out of touch with reality, due to the pipeline of taxpayers dollars coming in regardless of the economic environment. The last thing they should be pretending to be experts at, is the business market. They’re in for a big shocker in the next year or two, when the pipeline gets shut off.
commented 2018-01-05 22:08:32 -0500
Is it just me, or does anyone else get the feeling that women in politics is a really bad idea ? I’m a business woman and I get really frustrated with the bleeding hearts female politicians who think they’re gonna save the world with their environmental taxes and higher minimum wages. Women politicians, who can barely manage a household budget, (Canadian household debt is at its highest levels as women make 70% of the spending decisions), never mind a business budget. Politicians are so out of touch with reality, due to the pipeline of taxpayers dollars coming in regardless of the economic environment. The last thing they should be pretending to be experts at, is the business market. They’re in for a big shocker in the next year or two, when the pipeline gets shut off.
commented 2018-01-05 22:03:52 -0500
Is it just me, or does anyone else get the feeling that women in politics is a really bad idea ? I’m a business woman and I get really frustrated with the bleeding hearts female politicians who think they’re gonna save the world with their environmental taxes and higher minimum wages. Women politicians, who can barely manage a household budget, (Canadian household debt is at its highest levels as women make 70% of the spending decisions), never mind a business budget. Politicians are so out of touch with reality, due to the pipeline of taxpayers dollars coming in regardless of the economic environment. The last thing they should be pretending to be experts at, is the business market. They’re in for a big shocker in the next year or two, when the pipeline gets shut off.
commented 2018-01-05 21:38:44 -0500
Oops – I meant Boyle!
commented 2018-01-05 21:35:58 -0500
Thanks for reading my comments on air Ezra…BTW…I’m one of the 20 or so people who made complaints to the CBC…and…the one whose name appeared on the report from the CBC Ombudsman about the Marketplace episode that you read on your show after that report was released…thanks again…
commented 2018-01-05 21:35:49 -0500
I’m glad Lee Humphrey came forward about Doyle. Now if that lunatic trys to sue Canadians it is proof that he intentionally put himself, and his wife and children in danger.
commented 2018-01-05 21:30:28 -0500
Ezra, I too have kept my boycott of Tim’s. I used to go there everyday before work, and now I just make my own breakfast, and have coffee at home!