November 27, 2018

It's sad that GM's factory in Oshawa is closing — but why did their union work to block Alberta pipelines?

Ezra LevantRebel Commander

We’ve all heard the news about General Motors' plan to shut down its Oshawa factory next year, laying off 2,800 people.

But PM Justin Trudeau? He's got much more exciting things to think about — he’s about to fly to Argentina, people! There’s going to be some great photo ops there. 

I’m obviously sympathetic to those families in Oshawa. And I’m obviously skeptical of GM — like Bombardier, they were happy to take massive cash bail-outs from Canadian taxpayers — and then shut down factories here, to move to cheaper jurisdictions. I blame Justin Trudeau and Kathleen Wynne for making Canada so uncompetitive in the first place; but at the end of the day, GM took the cash.

Jerry Dias, the president of the auto workers union called Unifor, has promised he will, “use every tool possible to show GM it will not betray Canadians, again.”

But could you imagine if that factory in Oshawa, and Chrysler’s factory in Brampton, had been the target of a ten-year propaganda campaign to shut them down?

Because that is exactly what has been done to Alberta’s oil industry for a decade — by Unifor.

Imagine the rage and the sorrow and the feeling of betrayal of those 2,800 laid off families.

Well, now multiply it by 40. Because there are at least 100,000 oil and gas families still unemployed in Alberta.

TONIGHT I'll review all the smear campaigns Unifor spearheaded against Canadian pipelines, even when these pipelines were approved as safe. Even though tens of thousands of jobs depended on them.

It’s a sign of how broken Canada is, that not just union bosses, but the media, and the courts, and political leaders, and “civil society” including charities, take it for granted that it’s OK to attack oil and gas jobs, and to campaign and sue and protest them into submission.

But God forbid a car company wants to move away from Trudeau’s uncompetitive tax regime — well, it’s a national crisis, and Trudeau had better come with a bail-out...

NEXT: William Kay joins me to talk about his new book, The Green Swastika, which chronicles "the early years of the German environmentalist movement and the ecological views and efforts of leading Nazis."

THEN: Your messages to me!

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commented 2018-12-02 07:47:13 -0500
Yup, Andrew, those marxists have influenced the masses.
commented 2018-11-29 13:51:36 -0500
“Robert Hurley Jr commented 21 hours ago
President Trump is putting extreme pressure on GM replace the Chevy Volt and start building cars Americans will buy, in the Factory, they PLAN to close! Trump will get GM to reopen any factories closed by GM’s female Chairman will be forced to reemploy any laid-off workers. This is a REAL NATIONAL LEADER!!!! "

Those Republicans sure have embraced the free market, eh? Totally not socialism for the government to determine which of GM’s factories they can keep open.
commented 2018-11-28 23:11:10 -0500
Liza Rosie, I would imagine that GM is planing to move all production off shore where wages will be lower and environmental concerns nothing but a rubber stamp. They also won’t have to deal with LGBTQXYZ issues being forced on them by the Tater Tot.
commented 2018-11-28 22:29:08 -0500
Liza Rosie wonders why “I get that part Ron Shea, but I don’t get what GM is doing in the U.S.
with such massive layoffs. I can understand the Oshawa plant closing in Canada but I really have to wonder if there isn’t more behind this.”

Just like the World Financial Markets, the massive US Car companies are Globalists.
Who is in the US and World Globalists " way" ? Answer: President Trump.
Who votes for Trump ? The rust belt States that manufacture things like cars.

GM and Many other large Companies now realize that Trump isn’t going away, so they are going to fight him in the open. Bottom lines don’t matter as much any more, as long as Trump is out of the way.

These are the same people that are pretty close to reversing Brexit. Trudeau and Macron are right in there, except they are the young bench warmers, waiting to be called into the game, while Merkel and May will be put out to pasture.
commented 2018-11-28 16:43:56 -0500
President Trump is putting extreme pressure on GM replace the Chevy Volt and start building cars Americans will buy, in the Factory, they PLAN to close! Trump will get GM to reopen any factories closed by GM’s female Chairman will be forced to reemploy any laid-off workers. This is a REAL NATIONAL LEADER!!!!
commented 2018-11-28 16:38:32 -0500
Trudeau has chased out ALL manufacturing! The Canadian Auto Workers union is spouting bullshit at GM. Ha! What do Canadians believe is happening????
commented 2018-11-28 13:59:24 -0500
- Detroit was once one of the richest cities in the world – the center of America’s auto industry. A combination of big government, big business & big labor killed it. This is the combination that is hitting Canada’s auto industry now. Unifor is increasingly serving far left political activists instead of their members.

- Hitler would have been a darling of today’s left. I disagree with Kay putting the Nazis/fascists on the right. They were far left, cut from the same cloth as the communists, different attempts to fulfill Marx failed philosophy. The wealthiest end up at the top in all these movements (just look at Venezuela) it’s just a matter of which group gets to be at the top.
commented 2018-11-28 13:21:46 -0500
Regarding the Green Swastika, what could be more supremacist and omnipotent and authoritarian than the green agenda. Just look at the policies. The Nazi socialist/Green connection from history is not one I had thought of before either, but it is a perfect fit for the socialist of today.

Al Peterson, good article, " If You Think Communism Is Bad For People, Check Out What It Did To The Environment"
commented 2018-11-28 12:57:24 -0500
My bad. I had that backwards, "nothing being closed in Mexico & China.”
not that they are being closed. My mistake. Also the Mexico and China reference was from Robert Mccelland’s link.
commented 2018-11-28 12:42:58 -0500
Liza, Trumps’s style is to make a comment and then wait a few days to see what responses he gets (how the opponents chess pieces move), and then he will comment on it again usually by some sort of direct action. He has been doing that for a long time.

I would say most of the people I know are either too busy with life with raising kids and attaining careers, homes and vacations and amazingly apathetic and uninterested to what is actually going on in our country or for that matter the world; quite a few believe the fake MSM and the rest have been indoctrinated by the Canadian leftist education system and are not religious. The majority are unionized and always vote N.D.P. because they claim the N.D.P. are the only party that protects unions. Trudeau could place ISIS fighters in their backyard and they would still vote N.D.P. There is a social disconnect in our country. Multiculturalism has only deepened the disconnect in Canada and the unions, though they do some good things, have not helped the country as a whole either.
commented 2018-11-28 12:30:30 -0500
“The White House has threatened to cut all GM subsidies, including for its electric-cars program. GM has not recently taken advantage of Canadian subsidies.”
Robert Mcclelland, regarding this paragraph in your linked article, Trump should absolutely cut subsidies, he never should have had them in the first place. There is something and or someone else behind this, but I can’t piece it together yet. Conspiracy theory? I don’t know. But something doesn’t sit right.
commented 2018-11-28 12:23:33 -0500
The funny thing is, Ron Voss, the socialist governments have always been the worst destroyers of the environment. Here is but one example:

“When the Berlin Wall came down and the Iron Curtain was finally lifted to expose the inner workings of communism to Western eyes, one of the more shocking discoveries was the nightmarish scale of environmental destruction. The statistics for East Germany alone tell a horrific tale: at the time of its reunification with West Germany an estimated 42 percent of moving water and 24 percent of still waters were so polluted that they could not be used to process drinking water, almost half of the country’s lakes were considered dead or dying and unable to sustain fish or other forms of life, and only one-third of industrial sewage along with half of domestic sewage received treatment.”


And of course, in keeping with the first tow of the Three Pillars of Leftiedom, the lefties of today have learned nothing from their mistakes, nor the mistakes of others.
commented 2018-11-28 12:12:53 -0500
CLC president Hassan Yussuff, Unifor president Jerry Dias, and author of “This Changes Everything” Naomi Klein (author of the Leap Manifesto) on how unions can lead in the fight to save our planet.
Which answers the question, why did Unifor work to block Alberta pipelines.

Naomi Klein is the author of “This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate” described as follows at Amazon: “The most important book yet from the author of the international bestseller The Shock Doctrine, a brilliant explanation of why the climate crisis challenges us to abandon the core ‘free market’ ideology of our time, restructure the global economy, and remake our political systems.”
commented 2018-11-28 12:08:46 -0500
Unions have too much power. Way too much power. Trudeau likes it that way. That’s why he got rid of the transparency rules Harper put in. They really are an enemy of Canada.
commented 2018-11-28 11:52:59 -0500
Jerry Dias Is a socialist traitor and enemy of Canada:

In an opinion piece published in the Financial Post in September 2013, Terrance Oakey, commenting on the CAW/CEP merger that created Unifor, Canada’s largest union, opined, “though one could be forgiven for mistakenly assuming this new entity is actually a political party”. He noted that politics was front and centre at Unifor’s founding convention with a speech by avowed socialist Naomi Klein revealing a clear political intent: “It feels like this could be the beginning of the fight back we have all been waiting for, the one that will chase Harper from power…So welcome to the world of Unifor”.

Oakey referenced more politics coming from a CEP vice president and declared communist who wrote that Unifor’s goal is “transformative” and “to reassert common interest over private interest”. Is it surprising that Unifor’s logo is a RED shield with a white “U”?

Is it any wonder that the Communist Party of Canada’s (CPC’s) newspaper called the “Peoples Voice” (‘Carrying on the Tradition of the Communist Press in Canada Since 1922’) features articles about Jerry Diaz and Unifor. For example, the November 2014 issue of PV along with a glowing report of a Parti communiste du Quebec event “in honour of the heroic guerilla leader” Che Guevera being “a big success”, also reported on a jobs summit hosted by Jerry Dias and Unifor that included as politician participants Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne, Liberal leader Justin Trudeau, NDP MP Peggy Nash, and Toronto Mayoralty candidate Olivia Chow. Talk about birds of a feather flocking together!
commented 2018-11-28 11:08:20 -0500
Do I feel bad for the UNIFOR members who worked so hard to kill jobs in the west? Nope! Not even a little bit. They will likely get a bailout with Alberta Transfer payments… Again.
commented 2018-11-28 10:09:34 -0500
Dias is indeed a clown and part of the problem. I guess he’s cryin! Look at all the dues he going to lose. Poor man’s pockets will be flapping in the wind. Think of the union bosses!
You teach that bad company a lesson tiger.
commented 2018-11-28 10:04:32 -0500
You would think so Ron. I suspect with the E petition 411 which brought on M103, that every warm body in that community was walked to a computer to sign that petition. Canadians need to do the same if they expect their children to have a country at all. There is a lot at stake here.
If you have already signed please ask someone you know to do the same. Start walking people to computers and open the page for them.
commented 2018-11-28 09:11:54 -0500
The U.N.’s Global Compact For Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration is separating the globalists from patriotic nationalist governments (chaff from wheat). Sign the petition:

The e-petition (411) which was the predecessor for M103 had something like 70,000 signatures. This petition should have double that and more!
commented 2018-11-28 08:06:38 -0500
Harley McCartney , It really isn’t that far off topic. As Trudeau and the Liberals destroy our economy , they are bringing in thousands of people that cannot contribute and can only be dependent on government which will exacerbate the problems.
Trudeau is destroying Canada ,period,end of story.
commented 2018-11-28 07:39:12 -0500
Off topic
Just 18 days until turdo sells our immigration quotas to the UN. He wants to bring in one million a year.
commented 2018-11-28 07:03:14 -0500
The poor widdle Boy Blunder, he just can’t get any love anywhere. Fresh off his successful destruction of the Canadian oil and gas industry and his skilful shut down of the Oshawa GM plant, his masters at the UN have told him he just hasn’t done enough to fight catastrophic man made global warming.
Meanwhile, in the real world, temperatures in North America are well below normal and the polar bears are merrily stalking the Inuit. Just sayin’.
commented 2018-11-28 03:44:01 -0500
GM cars are garbage anyways. I drive a Japanese car. Works much better.
commented 2018-11-28 01:31:56 -0500
Eagerly awaiting the results of the gender analysis in the GM auto plant’s lay offs.
commented 2018-11-28 01:20:06 -0500
50% of GM’s sales are in China
The place is a polluted hellhole
Half a dozen cities are 25million plus
23 million move to their cities – each year
Few pickup trucks in China, their cars tend to be larger
Largest producer and exporter of solar panels
They have the technology and skills
That’s where electric cars belong …it makes sense
When they get cold weather figured out, perhaps a plant will come to Canada
but Canada is a net carbon sink, so who cares, and
with 25% of global emissions, the climate and Chinese people will get a whole lot healthier
commented 2018-11-28 00:23:32 -0500
Keith, everything you supplied here about Brexit, Nigel’s views, Trump’s views and Theresa May’s lies, I have heard at least each week for 1 1/2 years, some times each day. I will be glad when the vote comes; Jacob doesn’t think it will pass.

The same old problem is Jacob is the only person qualified to replace May and I don’t think he wants it.
commented 2018-11-28 00:13:57 -0500