Ah the G7... it has everyone squirming when all you have to do is let the WTO come down on illegal tariffs and wait for the next president which hopefully shouldn't be long. Sure, Trump can destroy his own institutions if that's what Americans want, however on the self-pardoning thing I believe it is contrary to the intrinsic principle of democracy in the United States so as always, he's just having a case of the flappy jaws. Aaaaahhhhuuuuummmmmm..... the sh*tstorm will pass. Don't jump, don't run amok.
By the way, the people of Charlevoix protested with banners to say the current paranoid security sideshow doesn't represent them. We find the whole exercise oppressive, especially In a region of nature watchers, not armour watchers. Be quick and stop traumatizing the wildlife.
At last, it's done with. At a summit on the environment and women, Trump left Ivanka and Pruitt at home. Pruitt heads the Environmental Protection Agency which he uses as a piggy bank... He's on 12 investigations for ethics violations and one potential DOJ and FBI investigation now. Maybe that's why he couldn't leave the country. Something I ask myself sometimes (!) but I digress.
What we can take away from the G7 is that you had two female world leaders, one female IMF leader among others so in terms of inspiring women around the world, it was covered. As per the environment, you had Charlevoix. Enough said. And Trump's complaint about the Canadian measures on the dairy industry? Too bad he didn't try our chèvre or other cheeses, he might have understood why we are the best at dairy and don't need Cheezwiz. It would be lost anyway, on a guy who quaffs McDonalds to avoid being poisoned.
How do you poison something already that toxic you say but hey, he can insufflate his self-importance all he wants. He only showed up to have a solo news conference with token American journalists where he verbally masturbated as usual, to the pleasure of his base. Bah bye!
It may explain the out of left field job offer there a month after this guy landed there. Not "kosher"... Bravo to the young Italian couple who own the pizzeria.
I dream of Cassis these days and smirk now at the seafood salad drowning in olive oil at la Plate Bleue on my first visit 7 years ago already. It wasn't what explained the coup de foudre for the place, that's for sure. It went right over my head. 😃
I'm the least informed about the Qc elections and my last vote in another province was for the Green Party however I did once try to set up Merkel's party here when I was an idealist. With that caveat in place, here's an anatomy (autopsy) for some, of what I see in the election results. First, bravo to the 42% of women elected. Consensus will be more easily achieved. Secondly, it's a generational vote. Young people want freshness. Thirdly, Trump is the enemy to watch, not London. Kids today are oblivious to the past. I think Couillard had a career of which to be proud but that the end was thankless for the usual reasons. I won't miss the ridiculous bonuses to his fellow M.D.'s for showing up to work, the legalization of cannabis, the piggybank use of public funds for Bombardier who have not stopped speculating and rubbing people's faces in their quick profits which don't go to putting the money back in taxpayers' pockets, etc. Had I voted, I would likely have voted for the highly capable Mario Dumont... alas he was not running. I'm sorry only that the blue wave did not occur in the US and as odds go now, will not. The world (WaPo and the Economist esp.) should know that the "Future Coalition of Quebec" aka CAQ is centrist French-style. The day we develop into any kind of extremism is the day the observer finds him or herself lost somewhere else. Quebec if anything is the mother of compromises, ergo "coalition":
1. A combination or alliance between persons, factions, states, etc.
Make no mistake. Quebec lost some of its mojo Monday ~ a national treasure died, Charles Aznavour. This emotionally rich, intelligent lyricist bewitched the hearts of more than one generation while his voice will move well beyond. There will only ever be one Charles Aznavour though he is claimed by many, us included. He kept a home here for a long time. He made us better and he gave our way of loving a language that lost none of its complexities. Two songs come to mind, one that camps our despondency at losing him and one that illustrates his incredible grasp of human nature.
After a US attack on our Qc wild deer population by introducing infected deer, (which QE2 as ultimate proprietor of Canadian wildlife should really emit a warning to Trump, the latter who should also be banned entry as a confessed sexual predator), they're jumping the gun with supplying the Canadian market with milk produced by cows loaded with illegal substances. Seriously...what next? Well, it appears the butcher job on NAFTA is down to Jared Kushner, according to the departing Nikki Haley, UN's "glamour girl" (says Trump). Kushner, felon Jr with his ass...ets in Israel some think will be defending US interests next as Haley's replacement. God, if it's that easy to join, sign me up; I, of no conviction other than a Quichotesque desire for human salvation. Which brings me to immigration, and CAQ's Legault. First, it's ok to want a coherent, neutral public face. A wise immigré once told me they left the home country to escape the kind of religious fanaticism we see now and that will cause worse scenes when a member of one culture will go to any govt outlet and be inhibited by symbols of a competing sectarian. How are we to maintain impartiality then?! Quebec is the midwife of Canada and arguably still the best thing about America's origins (I'm needling now 😉). We're more than just one of many cultures in Canada. Would you tell your grandma to stand in line like everybody else who is arriving? And the Francophonie, at last. I think on this continent alone we have such a task networking the remaining francophone communities although after listening to migrants from Niger, with their clever use of French, I think they would be an asset here. I think that's it. I'll go put my crown back in its box and walk the dog now. ✌
PS: Pope Francis calls abortion murder by hit man, and he's right in more ways than one however in contrarian societies, legal abortion has actually been a deterrent and statistics fell when it was legal. Secondly, given Kim's grandfather killed the Jerusalem of Asia, he should make the trip to Rome rather than invite the pope over IMO. It's less arrogant and domineering.
First, the bad. I think having Bill Blair within a 50 mile radius of me yesterday is provocation. This Oliver Twist vomitous pervert wanker crook can maybe be tolerated in other parts of the country but I suppose he came to get his kickbacks which I think now come in the form of diamonds, an industry Sy Jacobson's relatives were convicted of meddling into back in the 70s or 80s. A lot less traceable. Secondly, I'd love to boycott General Mills who as Trump's arm are sabotaging Qc's goat milk producers and sending them to bankruptcy. Now for the good, CUOMO!! That man is the New Yorker he wishes he were. Swagger, command. Swoon faint. Next, David Suzuki. This is what I think about climate change solutions: spherical tiny homes with metal beads between the outer shell and the interior to withstand floods, tremors, fire and to be easily transportable once you remove sand bags in its base. The interior made of aged wood would be almost weightless. Communal ovens, solar panels and watermakers (a mix of dehumidifier/charcoal filter and condensation trapper ~ my patent 😉) and you can house refugees or the poor or the geographically challenged. I havent yet thought of a refuse solution but greenhouse pods to grow basic necessities are part of my little plan. Next, I would love oil producers to vertically integrate and produce a universal formula for plastic that can more readily be broken down and repurposed at the local level using 3D printing. For the old plastics, let's throw them in acid lakes in volcanoes in Costa Rica by the helicopter load. It's not entirely thought out yet. Lastly, for those expat among us with piracy issues, what to say other than you catch more bees with honey, inchallah. The process is polluted for me by the fact Adnan Khashoggi was infiltrated by Jacobson's mistress Anne-Marie Sten and if the cause had been disarmament, I could understand. People like to exploit idealists, beware. Otherwise, have a good w/e!
One of our great poets turned 90 this w/e. Gilles Vigneault. My dog and I's favourite is the phrase: "Mon pays, ce n'est pas un pays, c'est l'hiver(...)". He's a snowdog so it's understandable. He's not feeling well or I'd given my unsolicited opinion on Pittsburgh sooner. My godfather wrote me poems. I have all his letters, like all the letters anyone has ever written to me. I'm a letter hoarder. I began writing as a poet about 5 years ago. I was suddenly taken with the urge and it bridged worlds. As poets sometimes we weave a reality, especially when you bond with another poet. You ascribe to them all these heroic qualities, as you see them in that person. For others reading these poems, it can feel a little like being left out, even while those verses seem to compell you too. If those poems are out there and they mean something to an individual who hears his greater destiny echoed, then those verses have done their work in getting someone to aspire to being something better they feel is inside them. The poems do not exclude and they are not meant to make anyone envy the creative exchange between two poets sharing a frequency. Anyone is invited to be what others are able to put better perhaps into words. Poets do not have the monopoly on words, and on visions. They can only show the way. They will cheer even if others accomplish greatness. Inchallah.
Next up, I just realized Qc's petrol comes overwhelmingly from fracking and from Canada and the US. 1) WTFrack? 2) why are we paying $1.50 a liter for crap that poisons the water supply at point of extraction? Hmmm? It used to come from Algeria where, like much of the Mideast, it flows out of the ground. We may as well use that up, then switch to electric. Speaking of switching, CNN needs to switch it up. Mario Dumont is right. For one, red necks and white trash voters don't care that journalists are offended and act like vierges offensées all day long, no matter how much I for one love you. There's a need to synthesize the info and present arguments, and have presidential black-out days until he actually says something of any kind of relevance. That way, we might get other topics in. Bernie, Canadians love you too. Not like the fake Indian chiefs extra'ing at Trump rallies. We mean it. You're that racehorse coming up the middle with intelligence blowing your way. God bless you. It's a pity you're not in that suffocating power club behind the scenes who decides on who gets to be a leader. You believe in democracy and it shows. I think that's it. For now.
PS: the caravan of migrants is no distraction from the Russia probe. Unless you're a pussy, unharmed Mexicans are not meddlesome Russians. Furthermore we need to have a guest working program for Mexicans and South Americans to come spend their winters here, the same way Canadian waiters head south half the year and take their jobs in the hospitality business.
Too bad the SEC equivalent got hold of the Beaudoin/Bellemare/Bombardier case before I could get the (*offensive, deleted with apologies esp. Prince al Waleed) playbook on how to get back over a billion dollars of taxpayer money, in light of the thousands of jobs lost. 😈
Otherwise, my state of veterinary emergency is not lifted, though I rejoice for Yemenites and Gazaans. If we could just hurry with expenses and hotel/house key situation, I'd be in heaven. Meanwhile when Trump insults the efforts to put out the California fires, he's actually insulting my Quebecois bush pilots flying over. I'd like to see him do something heroic beyond being able to lift an iron or pinky.
I'm with Michel Girard, a lucid journalist, in saying the Beaudoins should put their own millions back into Bombardier. I'll add, if they can't keep a company afloat, jump ship and leave competent people in place. Enough. And take Fitzgibbon with you. Head for Laliberte's toxic Polynesian island and go smoke cannabis or something. Ugh. Leave room for Doug Ford who is embarking on an anti protoCanadian extermination. At the same time, I'd like to see campuses of French universities set up across Canada. The things I endure.
Thank you, Jamal. As advisor to Prince Turki during the same years the 4-5 time former Lebanese PM advised the Saudi king, you solved for me the mystery of RbM's death, the shifted blame and the blockade I've been under the last few years. It makes sense now that a banker on the Toronto Trump plaza deal, his Lebanese US military contractor cousin (of arms smuggling into Turkey family past) whose house the latter lived in, and an uncle former PM complete the choking web around me. I did not at all suspect my left brain ex in all this, the one bound by an NDA to not disparage (who cheated on me)(and who purchased the devices I was spied on), and on whose behalf I requested an investigation early on. I guess that was revenge on the Catholics. Bravo. I always thought that family, was odd but vindictive? They're as bad as the child murderers and womb killers who don't handle breakups very well. You'd think we'd been married.
PS: I should add the house is in....Bill Blair's riding and the cousin's wife is...Mexican. Imagine the caravans being organized!? I'm going to an asylum very soon.
Just a footnote but a necessary one, it seems. We in Quebec have been here since well before the French Revolution and Napoleon. We hark back to the Habsburg Holy Roman Empire and Bourbon king Louis XIII, if memory serves, so when people arrive who have known the former domination and ensuing waves of colonization, it's important to note that Quebecois (as well as any remaining French across to the Prairies) are not your oppressors. Nor are we your scapegoats for whatever your generations underwent under mandates be they Italian or French. We lost to the Anglo-celts in the turn of the 19th century while various Celts were under Victorian domination. What came after, has not come through us. Quebecois have no beef with Ottoman, Persians, Arabs, Chinese and whoever else. We're peaceful. We put up with the condescension of Maghrebin colons who arrive here, like we put up with every wave the Anglos brought through their "colonial managers", if you will. In turn, those first and/or second generation Canadians, like Doug Ford, think they invented the wheel while we just watch. Let's not mistake accepting our fate and quietly resisting as an invitation to come plot against other parts of the world. Just chill. It's all just a little too trippy for our taste.