Time to move to Alberta?
This is Vancouver:
No better in the Okanagan:
2.5 years of Trudeau & Bonnie Henry’s madness exacerbated these issues, and augmented our sense of hopelessness.
Job and business losses due to lockdowns and mandates, my own included.
I could go on. And dammit, I will.
I’m sick and TIRED.
Most of the elderly and retired folks in my wealthy town, which has the 2nd highest cost of living in the country (and nearly the highest crime rate) still live rather easily and comfortably in homes that they own, receive multiple pensions plus OAP, and their investment dividends arrive in their bank accounts like clockwork.
They were simply NOT directly financially affected by the “pandemic”. They are RETIRED!
They still travelled.
They enjoyed being waited on by “essential workers”, were attended to within their safe enclaves even during Covid, and do so now, due to many of the most “vulnerable” being terrified to ever leave the safety of their gated homes.
They have NO IDEA what it’s like “out there”. (Unless Global, CTV or CBC News shows them a 30 second “story”…)
Glued to the Boob Toob 24/7, they will dutifully roll up their sleeves again, when they’re told to.
They will continue to have their groceries delivered (and disinfect the doorknobs we dirty dangerous unvaxxed plebes may have inadvertently touched…), will still have their plethora of meds delivered to their door.
Their offspring will continue to drive them to the lab, doctor & dentist, and will dutifully sit in Emerg for 14-15 hours whenever their “stress” and “worries” make their atrial fibrillation go haywire. (If permitted, we sit and advocate … see, B.C. hospital protocols are “fluid”.)
I’ve been underemployed for 32 months. I’m heartsick, busto, angry, frustrated and completely fed up with EVERYTHING and with every ignorant uninformed human I’m forced to deal with on a daily basis.
I want OUT OF THIS NIGHTMARE.
Please do take your fight to the END Brian.
Our privileged elitist politicians and unelected “medical authorities” should have been up against the FURY of EVERY SINGLE WRONGED AND DISCRIMINATED AGAINST CANADIAN who was irreparably harmed by their INSANE policies. LONG AGO!!!
Instead: a bunch of Albertans decided ok, enough was enough and took their trucks and signs and kids and grievances to Ottawa.
Well, that worked, eh?
I was on my way to Ottawa when Turdeau invoke the WAR Act by another name.
I feel like hitchhiking to Ottawa again RIGHT NOW, during this b.s. “inquiry” and planting myself on Parliament Hill with a placard until enough Canadian dissidents decide to join me and finally storm the Bastille. (My old vehicle is patched together with glue & duct tape. It won’t make it to Calgary…)
I’m a SENIOR CITIZEN Brian et al. I have NOTHING LEFT TO LOSE.
I feel like I WILL lose what’s left of my life, and my sanity, if I stay here. Doing NOTHING but delivering food & meds and cleaning toilets and attending UTTERLY USELESS rallies where speakers just preach to the same small (and ever smaller) choir, week in and week out.
Even this blog is an echo chamber!
Thanks for reading my rant which I make no apologies for.
17 thoughts on “On This blog A Reader Responding To My Support For Danielle Smith ——This Is What Many People Don’t Realize—-The Sense of Hopelessness——-”
Well written how sick we all are, and quite frankly the bs from the retired about we did our time. No you didn’t you raped this country and continue to do so. I am 64 with no pension just my own savings and I am sick and tired of people my age and older thinking they are entitled because they have lived longer than their friends. Shame on all of you that don’t see our children are suffering and still asking for more. If you are dependent on oas and cpp you have no one to blame but your own lazy ass for doing nothing to help yourself. I quit school after grade ten and have worked hard for fifty years and make no apology for what I have.
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Not really fair. I’m 80 and suffer from a multitude of medical conditions, none of which are curable. I started working when I was 14 to put myself through school. I finished business college at age 16 and went to work. I married, worked, raised 2 children, have 5 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. I paid into CPP from it’s inception; when work was impossible to find I painted pictures on different surfaces and sold them on the side of the road to buy food and necessities. I declared my income and paid taxes on it. I paid my way over the years, never earning enough to invest in a personal retirement account so I live on the paltry government pensions WHICH I HAVE EARNED by paying taxes of every kind for all these years. Do not dare tell me and others like me that I raped this country and continue to do so.
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own battles the problem is as with all modern govts. As we prosper we give our selves more and more entitlements usually not funded by our own taxes. We have given ourselves free healthcare although it is not free we pay almost 50 percent of all our taxes to fund a really bad healthcare system. We have given ourselves employment insurance that the average recipient never comes close to paying as much in premiums as they collect. Now the ndp are saying we should have free dental care, that is never going to be free but many will vote for it because it will help them personally, but in the long term it will hurt their own children. We as people have to realize that anytime we take freebies from the govt we are reducing the next generations ability to paying their own way.
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A lot of governments over the years have bought their way into power by promising (and giving) all sorts of goodies that people in my day had to pay for. Dental work? Hah! You paid for it or you didn’t get it. Medicare? Hah again! Once upon a time if you got sick you paid the doctor out of your own pocket and purchased necessary medicine out of your own pocket. Student loans? Non-existent. Post secondary education was funded by working parttime after schools and summers, scrimping and saving every penny, borrowing and begging hand me downs, going without meals so you could buy necessary books. The government paid for nothing.
I don’t know when or where the system went wrong. I was too busy earning a living to support my two children because their father couldn’t be bothered.
Somewhere along the line Canada derailed and we have the mess we’re in. I’m not going to blame the “younger generation” and as part of the “older generation” I don’t care to be blamed. We have all been led down the proverbial garden path by politicians who only had lining of their own pockets in mind.
Nothing in life is free. There are givers and there are takers. Right now the takers are winning and it is time for the givers to stand up, take notice and fight for what they want as a civilization and a country or turn tail and run.
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Honourable Premier, be encouraged to attend this hour long lecture + Q&A about the actual origins of Rights, why they are morality itself in this real physical world (moral principles), and why the original premises for these were flawed making them vulnerable to be compromised by despots as we are enduring now (a return to terrible Dark Ages as expressed above).
Individual Rights are essential to preserve the humanity of humans and are the essential accomplishment of the Enlightenment that correctly identified the law abiding Individual as the sovereign unit of value (vs the Magna Carta that prioritizes the kingdom ruled by the sovereign).
Many things you say are true. Trudeau and Bonnie are definitely screwed up, are screwing things up and are screwed. You cannot say all retired citizens are not effected. Some seniors are low income and cannot afford to travel and the high cost of food, increases in prices are affecting them. Sadly the bulk of the populace are blind to some of these problems and still believe the narrative while main stream news and government hide the truth. How do you wake more people up?
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I read this article with a great sense of foreboding. Why you might ask?
Well, and to be clear, I don’t often feel I need to delve into the motivations of the writer to ascertain what they are attempting to convey but this article seems to beg and warrant different.
Yes, I get the writer’s frustrations with with the likes of Trudeaus and Henrys but am taken aback by the vitriol and disdain slung in the retiree direction.
Might I suggest, being a retiree, that I’m sick and tired of the entitlement attitude that is pervasive in our society.
I’m equally sick and tired of the lack of gratitude, thanks, respect and recognition that we all stand on the shoulders of those who have gone before.
I don’t, and won’t, begrudge anyone what they have worked for and achieved “legally and fairly”. If one is comfortably and securely ensconced in an environment that is secure and made available through previous years of work and sacrifice—good on them!! If they have made wise choices and have a steam of dividends—good on them.
If they have just lost upwards of 20% plus of their net worth (and they have) because of inflation and government ineptitude—I don’t see anyone coming to their rescue.
Make no mistake, retirees were, are and will be directly affected (especially financially) by the “pandemic” for the rest of their lives. Again, I don’t see anyone coming to their rescue.
Again, if retirees elected to get vaccinated (which I feel is not a wise decision) and had the means to travel—why should I resent such!!! They, for all intents and purposes, took a major gamble with their health, by getting vaccinated with the experimental mRNA materials, thus let the “future” health chips fall where they may.
That being said, might one be forgiven, if the retired non-vaccinated are sick and tired because they have to pay, through their taxes, the healthcare cost incurred by the retired and non-retired vaccinated who become sick, as a result of the experimental injection. Just asking for a friend who raised the issue.
Also, might I suggest that the vast majority of folks have no idea, whether retired or not, of what it is like out there. We have a system that rewarded people for not going to work (sadly, we have business unable to find workers when we have upwards of 25% youth unemployment), however, if one were retired they had no access, nor should they, to this taxpayer funded government largesse.
However, to be clear, the retiree will help pay for such largesse though their taxes, whether through passive income or otherwise.
Yes, their offspring should drive retired parents to their various appointments. It is called being a responsible child who acknowledges they exist and are here because their parents supplied them with life, food, clothing, shelter and a myriad of other comforts for formative decades—not because the child earned it but because the parent accepted their responsibility and duty to do such.
Might I suggest that my greatest beef with the retired, and soon to be retired, is the fact they have raised the present generation leaders, and young parents, who are ill prepared for such roles. These retirees, and soon to be retired, have created children with an entitlement attitude thus creating a backlash from which western civilization may never fully recover.
Sir, I’m deeply sorry that you have been underemployed for 32 months. Yes, you should be heartsick, busto, angry, frustrated and completely fed up with EVERYTHING. However, might I suggest your anger be directed at the root of the problem, not the folks that built that on which we all stand.
If you want change and it appears you do, resentment and frustration, without action, won’t move you one millimetre closer to such.
If you truly want society to change, you (we) must focus on the root causes of our demise. I suggest we start with the recognition that the family unit is broken and without fixing this foundational element of society the rest is mere window dressing and fantasy!!
If we truly want out of the echo chamber, get involved and make a difference. Otherwise, sit back and watch the world unfold, as per other’s vision and plans.
Food for thought.
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“If you truly want society to change, you (we) must focus on the root causes of our demise. I suggest we start with the recognition that the family unit is broken and without fixing this foundational element of society the rest is mere window dressing and fantasy!!’
True it is a problem, but we must recognize the source and that is real estate profiteering and social engineering via legislation and propaganda by the elites, PC crowd, media and academia. All of this has made having by honest work hearth and home wife and children difficult if not impossible. Canada and the western world have been seriously messed with by the powers that be. It will not be easy to repair the damage if it is ever allowed.
Thanks for your feedback. I read it with a great degree of reflection and contemplation. Also, I was, and have for quite some time now, been taken with what we now appear to have determined is the causation of Western Civilization’s decline.
I’m not a fan of big government, nor big institutions of any sort, even though I worked with many for most of my career, in the corporate arena.
Large institutions are the place where great ideas go to atrophy and die. To decide on a proper course of action requires nimbleness, insight, outside the box thinking—this is seldom allowed to occur in large organizations. Large organizations are gravitationally bound, they cannot and will not change their orbit unless impacted by a massive outside influence and even then will resist until resistance becomes clearly futile.
I’m not inclined to assign blame to others, we all have a responsibility towards how our society is constructed and managed and certainly responsible and accountable for the degree of our involvement in same.
Consequently, when society goes of the rails—as ours clearly seems to be— the finger pointing propensity to others is merely an affirmation that we left the conducting of the orchestra up to others. The fact that we didn’t play an instrument, help improve the score or in other manner, then occasionally and infrequently buy tickets to the concert, doesn’t remove our complicity in the orchestra’s failure.
Sorry to be a stick in the mud but our society’s failure isn’t based on real estate profiteering, social engineering, propaganda by the elites, PC crowd, media and academia. Rather, it is a manifestation of a population that wants, no demands, others chart the course, do the heavy lifting and be responsible for my lack of involvement. When the imbalance occurs, which is 100% predictable, the easy way out is to a absolve oneself by blaming others.
Want to fix Western Civilization’s slide into the abyss, stop the finger pointing outward and let the mirror reflect the finger that permits the problem’s continuation or works to solve the problem. If we, in this sea of the greatest opportunity to ever be seen by humanity, cannot avail ourselves of the brass ring— it isn’t because of others, its because of my inability and reluctance to get out of my own way and fight for what I believe.
Quote: All blame is a waste of time. No matter how much fault you find with another, and regardless of how much you blame him, it will not change you.
Quote: The reason why people usually blame others is that it’s a quick escape from guilt. Blame is an incredibly easy and effortless tactic to use when we feel defensive.
Quote: Blaming gives us a vent for our frustration. It also gets us off the hook, so we think. If we blame someone else, not only are we misdirecting everyone else so that we appear innocent, we’re also misdirecting ourselves so that we don’t have to recognize our own contribution to the mistake.
Final quote: All our talents increase in the using, and every faculty, both good and bad, strengthens by exercise: therefore, if you choose to use the bad, or those which tend to evil till they become your masters, and neglect the good till they dwindle away, you have only yourself to blame.
Food for thought.
I feel the frustration of the person who posted this article and I empathize with him. I don’t have the solution to his situation and the situations of multitudes of others, but I wish I did. The challenges of daily life for him and for many of us feel impossible and insurmountable.
But for some reason, this poem came to mind, personified by the likes of ordinary people such as Tamara Lich, James Topp, Dr. Charles Hoffe and many others. I don’t think we’ve exhausted our store of Canadian heroes in this fight for our lives and the lives of our children and grandchildren. I don’t think we’ve run out of people who will, and even now, are stepping up and deciding to ‘tackle it’. At least I hope not.
It Couldn’t Be Done
BY EDGAR ALBERT GUEST
Somebody said that it couldn’t be done
But he with a chuckle replied
That “maybe it couldn’t,” but he would be one
Who wouldn’t say so till he’d tried.
So he buckled right in with the trace of a grin
On his face. If he worried he hid it.
He started to sing as he tackled the thing
That couldn’t be done, and he did it!
Somebody scoffed: “Oh, you’ll never do that;
At least no one ever has done it;”
But he took off his coat and he took off his hat
And the first thing we knew he’d begun it.
With a lift of his chin and a bit of a grin,
Without any doubting or quiddit,
He started to sing as he tackled the thing
That couldn’t be done, and he did it.
There are thousands to tell you it cannot be done,
There are thousands to prophesy failure,
There are thousands to point out to you one by one,
The dangers that wait to assail you.
But just buckle in with a bit of a grin,
Just take off your coat and go to it;
Just start in to sing as you tackle the thing
That “cannot be done,” and you’ll do it.
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Of course I should have included Brian Peckford’s name on that list, but my fingers fly faster than my brain.
Any country that allows “universal” suffrage just because someone survives 17 years, and lets felons vote while still imprisoned needs psychiatric help. When people can vote for more and more “rights” and benefits instead of voting to retain their God-given rights, eventually everyone loses except the masters. There is always lots of talk about term limits, but few dare mention the words “voter limits”, where voters cannot elect to take the property and rights of others.
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If by chance a miracle happens, and this country ever gets a good government it will be unpopular and will take many decades to clean up the mess and repair the damage done to this country by the democratic – communist politically correct criminals that have governed Canada so far.
It is not a job for people who have to be elected every 4 or 5 years and kiss ass to get votes or campaign contributions.
That would be great, but how beneficial? Wouldn’t that “good government” likely result in a dictatorship? Governments that start well are prone to waste, fraud corruption, power abuse, etc., just like duly elected governments, and despite good starts or good intentions, eventually, power seekers seep out of the woodwork to wreck good governance. I believe that a good, long-lasting government has to start with a good education that prepares youngsters for their future, and encourages them to preserve freedom and to be responsible and accountable. I suspect that this would require smaller countries with as cohesive a population as possible, but the fallacy is that other counties would eat them up.
A divisive environment has been effectively created, as we can see shades of in this post.
Many suffer on both ends of reality: regrettably vaxed but still shunned. That’s me. Nothing more needs to be done to punish me, I am not the enemy.
On the corner of the street with a flag in my futile hand, I have worried the takedown of the foundations of our country. I’m pretty damn choked about all of it. I often feel lost, unsure of what I can do about the decay.
Danielle has lit a candle, let’s keep the flame burning.
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Speaking of turn tail and run…….
I was born an Albertan. Haven’t lived there for 40 + years, all of my surviving family members still live there. I’m 56 . My Alberta uncles and aunties have discussed their elderly living circumstances over the decades. Alberta is just one Canadian Province (not a Territory obviously) and there has absolutely been no benefit to living there, be it healthcare, inflation etc. What they did impress upon me over the past 20 + years was govt scams ie: RRSP‘s and senior healthcare .
I worked from home for ?15 years as a contractor to raise my children because childcare for two was 1) nonexistent and if sourced, 2) cost more than my earnings . That’s life in Canada ( my exhusband was a landed immigrant fraudster/con artist from the UK …obviously unbeknownst to me). Canadian employers never formally charged him of embezzlement etc. because white collar crime just hands out a slap on the wrist (verbatim: don’t steal from us, you’re fired, go steal from another company!) so at 56 I just recently heard that unless I paid into CPP through payroll source deductions my entire life (and I’ve been employed since 14 yrs old), I’m not entitled? Add to that I recently left a hostile work environment re vaccine mandates. For the first time in my life I applied for EI and when finally contacted by the government (Service Canada) was asked 3 times if I was Covid vaccinated!?
Thankfully I applied for and have been granted a Visa in another country. My mantra over the past 2.5 years as a Canadian citizen has been “Get me the F*** out of Canada’” and I’m grateful it came true. Poilievre isn’t the answer and if that’s who 90% of the lemmings in Canada will split the vote over……and without another decent candidate ………good riddance Canada. (breaks my heart it came to this but I will not tolerate this BS)
Those tents and some cars are the only affordable housing in Canada. I sleep in the Honda Hilton wherever I am welcome and do occasional work building stairs. Wages and hours might not be enough but even if they were the real problem is real estate being used as an investment vehicle and without consideration of the morality or consequences of it. We have had high inflation for many decades in real estate but not in wages and that is the problem that outweighs all others in this matter.
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