July 17, 2015

Furey: "We should have swagger and drop the moral relativism because Canada rocks!"

Marissa SemkiwArchive

Toronto Sun columnist Anthony Furey joins me to discuss the results of a newly released report from the Reputation Institute confirming that Canada is the most admired country in the world.

Looking at a number of factors, including political, economic and environmental, Canada ranks number one. Somebody should probably tell the Toronto Star, or better yet, perhaps they can check out the report themselves and share the good news with Canadians.


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commented 2015-07-21 19:06:24 -0400
Judy…just wait until Marissa meets the sorority sisters at Cornell…..;-)

Kenneth Lawrence…I hear you brother….back when Sheila Copps was head witch of the coven I nearly sold all that I worked for and seriously considered renouncing my Canadian citizenship to become a stateless ex-pat.

The Harper tories gave me hope.
commented 2015-07-20 22:55:49 -0400
I agree…but why is Marissa going to be attending an American university in New York? eh? Is it the country she likes but not the schools? The left wing universities here?…or there?
commented 2015-07-19 15:03:03 -0400
Wasn’t it Winston Churchill who said that “Democracy is the worst form of Gov’t, except for all the others which are far worse”, or words to that effect. No situation is perfect (unless you believe leftist dogma). That said, I consider living in this country a blessing having travelled to Africa in the past, and seeing what is going on in other nations at this time. No other place I would rather be!
commented 2015-07-19 01:55:56 -0400
Kenneth Lawrence, yes there are issues. But we still have legal mechanisms, both legislative and judicial, for dealing with such things. This stands in stark contrast to so many of the places people are coming here from.
commented 2015-07-18 23:38:08 -0400
And, might I add, concerning the people one occasionally hears of who are trying to push the idea that we should make Canada ‘more like other countries’; those people are blithering idiots who deserve to be flogged in the public square. (I mean, of course, verbally flogged in the square of public discussion.) The reason people are lining up from all over the world to come into Canada is precisely because it is different from other countries, and all in good ways. There are no lines of Canadian refugees trying to get into Communist or Islamist countries. The lines of people are all trying to come here. If Canada was like other countries, people wouldn’t be trying to come here, they’d just stay where they are. So let us all give thanks that this, The Dominion of Canada, is indeed different, and a pox on those who would want it otherwise!
commented 2015-07-18 17:00:00 -0400
Kenneth Lawrence you are right about some of the dangers to our democracy posed by unelected Supreme Court Judges and Human Rights Tribunals. You left out the unaccountable bureaucracy running the RCMP.
commented 2015-07-18 13:54:23 -0400
Kenneth you are so right – like my garden Canada is a work in progress and will continue to get even better if we keep our current goverment but about the thorn in our side (Supreme Court) does anyone know how they can be changed from appointed to elected with a set term ? A good indicator of how great Canada is would be the number of people who actually leave Canada to immigrate to other countries. Would be interesting to know.
commented 2015-07-18 13:23:10 -0400
Bang on Kenneth Lawrence. We have but two leaders left in the country that still believe in the Canadian dream and that’s Harper and Wall. The rest of them want to take us to a " progressive stone age " . Now they were voted in some with majority status, so what does that tell you about the mindset of the country. It’s like William Sheehan said WHAT does it say for other countries! Divisions in this country are getting wider and deeper only because there still a minority of voters out there that are fiscally responsible. If Canadians would only concede how resource rich we actually are ,with a proper balance of environmentalism then this would be the best country and model for the rest of the world to aspire to. But as Kenneth said there are far to many parties that are content to let it rot from the inside.
commented 2015-07-18 12:56:33 -0400
1955 Last woman hanged for murder in Great Britain
Nightclub owner Ruth Ellis is convicted of murdering boyfriend David Blakely on this day in 1955. Ellis was later executed by hanging and became the last woman in Great Britain to be put to death. Ellis was born in Rhyl, Wales, in 1926. She left school as a young teenager,
1943 Largest tank battle in history ends
The Battle of Kursk, involving some 6,000 tanks, two million men, and 5,000 aircraft, ends with the German offensive repulsed by the Soviets at heavy cost.
In early July, Germany and the USSR concentrated their forces near the city of Kursk in western Russia, site of a 150-mile-wide Soviet pocket that jutted 100 miles into the German lines. The German attack began on July 5, and 38 divisions, nearly half of which were armored, began moving from the south and the north. However, the Soviets had better tanks and air support than in previous battles, and in bitter fighting Soviet antitank artillery destroyed as much as 40 percent of the German armor, which included their new Mark VI Tiger tanks. After six days of warfare concentrated near Prokhorovka, south of Kursk, the German Field Marshal Gunther von Kluge called off the offensive, and by July 23 the Soviets had forced the Germans back to their original positions.
World War I1914 Austrian investigation into archduke’s assassination concludes On July 13, 1914, Friedrich von Wiesner, an official of the Austro-Hungarian Foreign Office, reports back to Foreign Minister Leopold von Berchtold the findings of an investigation into the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, heir to the Austrian throne, and his wife Sophie the previous June 28, in Sarajevo, Bosnia.
1789 French revolutionaries storm Bastille
Parisian revolutionaries and mutinous troops storm and dismantle the Bastille, a royal fortress that had come to symbolize the tyranny of the Bourbon monarchs. This dramatic action signaled the beginning of the French Revolution, a decade of political turmoil and terror in which King Louis XVI was overthrown and tens of thousands of people, including the king and his wife Marie Antoinette, were executed.
The Bastille was originally constructed in 1370 as a bastide, or “fortification,” to protect the walled city of Paris from English attack. It was later made into an independent stronghold, and its name–bastide–was corrupted to Bastille. The Bastille was first used as a state prison in the 17th century, and its cells were reserved for upper-class felons, political troublemakers, and spies. Most prisoners there were imprisoned without a trial under direct orders of the king. Standing 100 feet tall and surrounded by a moat more than 80 feet wide, the Bastille was an imposing structure in the Parisian landscape.
1798 Sedition Act becomes federal law On this day in 1798, one of the most egregious breaches of the U.S. Constitution in history becomes federal law when Congress passes the Sedition Act, endangering liberty in the fragile new nation. While the United States engaged in naval hostilities with Revolutionary France, known as the Quasi-Wa
1099 Jerusalem captured in First Crusade During the First Crusade, Christian knights from Europe capture Jerusalem after seven weeks of siege and begin massacring the city’s Muslim and Jewish population.
Beginning in the 11th century, Christians in Jerusalem were increasingly persecuted by the city’s Islamic rulers, especially when control of the holy city passed from the relatively tolerant Egyptians to the Seljuk Turks in 1071. Late in the century, Byzantine Emperor Alexius Comenus, also threatened by the Seljuk Turks, appealed to the West for aid. In 1095, Pope Urban II publicly called for a crusade to aid Eastern Christians and recover the holy lands. The response by Western Europeans was immediate.
The first crusaders were actually undisciplined hordes of French and German peasants who met with little success. One group, known as the “People’s Crusade,” reached as far as Constantinople before being annihilated by the Turks. In 1096, the main crusading force, featuring some 4,000 mounted knights and 25,000 infantry, began to move east. Led by Raymond of Toulouse, Godfrey of Bouillon, Robert of Flanders, and Bohemond of Otranto, the army of Christian knights crossed into Asia Minor in 1097.
In June, the crusaders captured the Turkish-held city of Nicaea and then defeated a massive army of Seljuk Turks at Dorylaeum. From there, they marched on to Antioch, located on the Orontes River below Mount Silpius, and began a difficult six-month siege during which they repulsed several attacks by Turkish relief armies. Finally, early in the morning of June 3, 1098, Bohemond persuaded a Turkish traitor to open Antioch’s Bridge Gate, and the knights poured into the city. In an orgy of killing, the Christians massacred thousands of enemy soldiers and citizens, and all but the city’s fortified citadel was taken. Later in the month, a large Turkish army arrived to attempt to regain the city, but they too were defeated, and the Antioch citadel surrendered to the Europeans.
After resting and reorganizing for six months, the crusaders set off for their ultimate goal, Jerusalem. Their numbers were now reduced to some 1,200 cavalry and 12,000 foot soldiers. On June 7, 1099, the Christian army reached the holy city, and finding it heavily fortified, began building three enormous siege towers. By the night of July 13, the towers were complete, and the Christians began fighting their way across Jerusalem’s walls. On July 14, Godfrey’s men were the first to penetrate the defenses, and the Gate of Saint Stephen was opened. The rest of the knights and soldiers then poured in, the city was captured, and tens of thousands of its occupants were slaughtered.
The crusaders had achieved their aims, and Jerusalem was in Christian hands, but an Egyptian army marched on the holy city a few weeks later to challenge their claim. The Egyptians’ defeat by the outnumbered Christians in August ended Muslim resistance to the Europeans for the time being, and five small Christian states were set up in the region under the rule of the leaders of the crusade.
1789 Lafayette selected colonel-general of the National Guard of Paris
On this day in 1789, only one day after the fall of the Bastille marked the beginning of a new revolutionary regime in France, the French aristocrat and hero of the American War for Independence, Marie-Joseph Paul Roch Yves Gilbert du Motier, Marquis de Lafayette, becomes the colonel-general of the National Guard of Paris by acclamation. Lafayette served as a human link between America and France in what is sometimes known as The Age of Revolutions
World War I1918 Second Battle of the Marne begins with final German offensive
On this day in 1918, near the Marne River in the Champagne region of France, the Germans begin what would be their final offensive push of World War I. Dubbed the Second Battle of the Marne, the conflict ended several days later in a major victory for the Allies.
1945 Atom bomb successfully testedOn this day in 1945, at 5:29:45 a.m., the Manhattan Project comes to an explosive end as the first atom bomb is successfully tested in Alamogordo, New Mexico
World War I 1918 Romanov family executed In Yekaterinburg, Russia, Czar Nicholas II and his family are executed by the Bolsheviks, bringing an end to the three-century-old Romanov dynasty. Crowned in 1896, Nicholas was neither trained nor inclined to rule, which did not help the autocracy he sought to preserve among a people desperate for change.
64 AD Nero’s Rome burns The great fire of Rome breaks out and destroys much of the city on this day in the year 64. Despite the well-known stories, there is no evidence that the Roman emperor, Nero, either started the fire or played the fiddle while it burned. Still, he did use…
64 AD Fire of Rome A fire erupts in Rome, spreading rapidly throughout the market area in the center of the city. When the flames finally died out more than a week later, nearly two-thirds of Rome had been destroyed.Emperor Nero used the fire as an opportunity to rebuild Rome in a more orderly Greek…

1936 Spanish Civil War breaks out On July 18, 1936, the Spanish Civil War begins as a revolt by right-wing Spanish military officers in Spanish Morocco and spreads to mainland Spain. From the Canary Islands, General Francisco Franco broadcasts a message calling for all army officers to join the uprising and overthrow Spain’s leftist Republican government
World War I1918 Allies begin major counter-offensive in Second Battle of the Marne Three days after a German offensive near the Marne River in the Champagne region of France meets with failure, Allied forces launch a major counterattack on July 18, 1918, ending the Second Battle of the Marne and decisively turning the tide of the war toward an Allied victory.
commented 2015-07-18 12:03:57 -0400
Go, Canada, go!
commented 2015-07-18 11:10:55 -0400
Once again, it seems that ignorance is bliss.

If “Canada ranks number one”, then that’s not saying much for the other countries.

Before arriving at this page, I was somewhat disillusioned. But then I read Kenneth Lawrence’s post and saw reason for hope.

I don’t agree with everything he says, but, at least, he’s critical at a time when we should all be.

Frankly, I would be much more enthusiastic and patriotic, if there was not so much corruption in our governments. For years, it’s been causing a substantial democratic deficit and creating a seriously-high unnecessary tax, on all of us.

Yet, most people keep voting the same crappy bunch of predictably-disappointing politicians into office. So, the downward spirals go on.

With such in mind, I hope everyone understands why I tell people that, if they don’t yet know what their governments and/or politicians are doing, then they should exercise their constitutional right to not vote.

Do the rest of us a big favour by staying at home, watching hockey, and not voting.

I hate putting years of time and resources into educating the public and battling corruption, in government, only to see my efforts wasted, on election day.
commented 2015-07-18 08:36:32 -0400
Kenneth, I agree with you. All of what you said is accurate, but where else is better? Therein lays the problem.
commented 2015-07-18 02:18:28 -0400
Sorry, but I can’t agree with this report’s rose-colored characterization of Canada. I wish I could, but although on the surface things look okay, this country is rotting from the core, just like an apple that looks okay on the outside but is rotten inside.

Yes, we still have a good material standard of living, hockey games to entertain the masses, elected governments, and the appearance of freedom. But is this the reality of Canada today? What do we see if we look a little deeper at Canada:

Our material standard of living is built on hundreds of billions of dollars of government debt at the federal level and in Ontario, and tens of millions in the other provinces. Where is that going? Ever here of a country called Greece? That’s where Canada is headed, with spendthrift governments like Ontario’s driving us there at warp speed. How’s that working out for Greece and its people? Didn’t I see molotov cocktails being hurled at police in the streets of Athens recently? EEEyeah…

Let’s consider hockey next. Hey, what a great game! Kick back with a beer and enjoy watching young men injure each other and when that doesn’t satisfy the old blood lust any longer, why heck, they’ll happily beat each other senseless! EEEyeah…

But still, how about that Canadian democracy, eh? Well, appearances notwithstanding, let’s get real and see where power really lies today in Canada, namely in the unelected judiciary, right up to the Supreme Tyranny, er I mean Court. You know, that body of (is it seven or nine) political appointees who decide whether the people’s reps’ laws stand or not. That’s right, they are the real power today in Canada, not the elected federal Parliament or the elected provincial legislatures. And did you catch that ruling a little while ago in which the Court said that truth was no longer a defense in this country? EEEyeah…

Finally, freedom. How real is it when a system of unelected kangaroo courts fallaciously called Human Rights Commissions (or Tribunals or something like that) can hall your butt in from of them for prosecution any time because someone thinks they can persecute you financially and get away with it legally on the basis of alleged hurt feelings? When I think about that, I just don’t feel so free any more, especially when I realize I can no longer speak my mind on certain topics here. EEEyeah…

You know, I don’t feel like I’m living in paradise when I consider all these things. I feel like I’m lucky to still be able to post a comment or two like this one, and I wonder how long that will last. The way things are going, I’m not optimistic about that. I think we are living in a fool’s paradise, not a real one, and I think we’d all do well to consider the rot in the center of the apple before we start gloating to the rest of the world, as bad as most of it is, about what a great country we live in today.
commented 2015-07-17 22:56:17 -0400
Frustrated Furey – I like it !!

Liza – you are right. We shouldn’t ever take for granted our freedoms, including our Charter rights, including gender equity.

That Canada is highly regarded around the world is largely down to PM Harper. He has led in the world economically and by standing up to the UN on behalf of Israel, and by defending human rights and democracy. By shaking hands with Putin, looking him straight in the eye, and saying, “Get out of Ukraine”. Thank you to our PM for his leading example of spine.

commented 2015-07-17 20:29:21 -0400
Thanks to Stephen Harper and our national anthem
commented 2015-07-17 20:05:32 -0400
Too many Canadians disrespect and take for granted OUR CANADA!
IMO, it seems to be mostly those Canadians of convenience types…
commented 2015-07-17 18:51:02 -0400
Canada does rock.. when I see / hear Canadians slagging off Canada, I make it a point to ask if they had ever lived in another country… 99.99% say no, but do admit vacationing in Vegas. The recent Winter Olympics (Vancouver), Women’s FIFA, PanAm Games, etc… we would not win these bids if we were so awful… and look at our performance in hosting and winning medals… actually facts do not support the left’s narrative. As lenin said, ‘useful idiots’.
commented 2015-07-17 16:33:48 -0400
Liza said, “… lest it be pulled out from under our noses.”

The left seems to be trying desperately to do that already. Censuring free speech unless it is speech of which they approve, and pushing for a socialist/communist dictatorship with the left Laurentian elites in power and Justin “puppet” Trudeau as their figurehead PM.
commented 2015-07-17 15:36:00 -0400
I agree, Canada does rock. Resource rich, safe and free. We should be more loud and proud, more patriotic. We shouldn’t take it too for granted lest it be pulled out from under our noses. I hope we can stay strong and free. Most of us haven’t had to fight for that, we may have to learn how to and quick.
commented 2015-07-17 15:10:45 -0400
vlad you mean ontario is #1 .. you seem lonely.
commented 2015-07-17 14:16:30 -0400
Canada is number one in HOV planning. MOAR HOV’s please? I like parking in my driveway. I like parking on the highway too.

And manikin sales are rocketing.

Are Marissa and Anthony dating? They sure look it.