“Thank You Canada” – Robert Meadows (Circuit Court Judge, Florida)

 

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  • Clyde Duncan  On September 14, 2018 at 12:47 am

    Comment by Mark Eisenman:

    While I totally agree with the tone and spirit of this piece. I spotted some glaring errors and omissions below.

    Can you spot them?

    “They’re with us in NATO, they fought alongside us in World War I, World War II, Korea, the Gulf War, the Bosnian War, Afghanistan, the Kosovo War and came to our defense after 9/11. There was that one time when Canada took a pass on one of our wars: Vietnam. Turned out to be a good call.”

    The author makes it sound like CANADA joined the USA in fighting these 2 World Wars.

    The Reality is the Opposite:
    But Britain and Canada did thank the USA for jumping in there eventually.

    1: 4th August 1914 Canada enters WW1
    April 6, 1917, U.S.A. joined its allies.

    2: 10th September 1939 Canada entered WW2
    December 7, 1941, [after Pearl Harbour] USA joined its allies.

    and this:

    3. Canada took a pass on Vietnam AND Iraq… both instances a ‘Good Call’

  • Clyde Duncan  On September 14, 2018 at 11:06 am

    Art wrote:

    The way it’s written may cause rabid Trumpeters to be cranky, jealous and spew nothing but hatred but the sentiments in my view are good intentioned.

    Now, Imagine what it would be like if the USA had another Mexico (or worse) as a northern neighbour.

  • Rod Halvorsen  On September 14, 2018 at 10:56 pm

    Your Honor,
    Thank you for your very kind words.
    As a Canadian married to an American it’s hard for us to understand this “war”.
    We have been crossing the longest free border in the world all our lives. A drivers license was taken as sufficient ID. Our parents would just say “there our kids in the back seat”. Look at how we are now, having to worry about possible terrorists crossing from there to here, here to there.
    It’s true that most Canadians want to be there for others in need and we are, with far less resources than the USA.
    I’m proud to be Canadian. We do want to be fair with trade practices that will be binding by all three countries. Can Trump be trusted with any deals he makes? That is very questionable!
    This is unfortunate for the USA , Mexico and Canada.
    The so called deal with Mexico has not been worked out on paper, many issues are yet to be resolved.
    Canada has to take a long look at our marketing boards, it’s time for a change. On the other side, USA should be cutting subsidies to farmers.
    The trade deficit favours the USA over Canada.
    We don’t complain. We are Friends.
    USA owes Trillions to foreign countries;
    China, Japan, Germany, Canada and many more.
    What would the USA do if China or Japan decided to raise the interest rate. Between these two countries a .1% increase would amount to Billions on the 3-4 Trillion owed to them. Canada only represents less than 100 Billion. I have digressed,
    Canadians and most Americans will always be good Friends.
    It’s time to settle these petty issues.
    Canada does know that something has to be built into the Trade Agreement to stroke Trump.
    Most of us, in the know, sadly laugh.
    Again, thank you for your kind words.
    Rod Halvorsen
    rodneyh@shaw.ca

    • Trevor  On October 5, 2018 at 9:45 pm

      Define what is Canadian.

      Many Canadian-Guyanese who I’ve talked to have complained that the “Canadians” that Americans refer to are whites, and vice versa.

      A white American would have no issue with a white Canadian crossing the border without ID, but as soon as it’s a Jamaican, Haitian, or immigrant, every one of the Americans start to act racist and accuse them of being criminals by nature. It’s even worse for Hindus and Muslims as they are lumped into one nefarious stereotype that relates to 9/11.

      America is racist, Canada is racist and every white country has been targeting mostly Blacks and brown skin people.

  • jeff pollard  On September 17, 2018 at 5:18 pm

    This article serves to assure Canadians, that many, many of our southern neighbors are still our friends!

  • Tony Bollers  On September 20, 2018 at 9:20 am

    Time marches on since a Trade Agreement was put into place. Just re-negotiate All Trade Agreements now in force and get one that is equal and Balanced to either Party. As an Guyanese American and forever a Friend to all Canadians,this is all I ask for and let life go on!

  • Franciscus in Canada  On September 20, 2018 at 12:46 pm

    All I can say is that I am relieved that yet another Clinton is not occupying the White House…

  • Rod Benito  On September 20, 2018 at 4:26 pm

    Amazing letter, Thank you!!!

    I will share it on my facebook. I hope that is alright!!

  • Clyde Duncan  On September 21, 2018 at 5:58 pm

    Rod Benito: I am quite sure it is alright – Looking up above I see there is already about 250-Facebook friends like me and you!

  • Alain Belhumeur  On September 24, 2018 at 8:16 pm

    As a proud Canadian military who serve his country for 40 years, I said many thanks. I fought side by side with US troops in Afghanistan and never I will despite your country. You were, are and will be our closer allies in all points. This unpleasant situation will pass as leaders change in near future, that’s all. Thank you for your support and wish the best in your future endeavours, sir.

    A. Belhumeur CD Sgt(ret)

  • Elaine Forder  On September 25, 2018 at 9:33 pm

    We thank you right back, America, for being who you are. Since my husband and I are Snowbirds, this article touched us specifically, as we have enormous love and ties with both countries. We Canadians have deep, unspoken feelings for the US. As children, most of us grew up thinking of America as our older and more experienced big brother who always had our back. We realize that we are different in some ways, but not in those that matter. Our culture, economy and ideals overlap on so many levels that the development of intertwining ties was inevitable between our two nations. We have evolved together through the years sharing more than a border, and although history has at times taken us on different paths, we have always found our way back to common ground.

    This trade war doesn’t make a lot of sense. We are more than friends and neighbours, and yet we feel like we are being treated as the enemy. Canadians are the known peacekeepers. We are about respect, about fair play, and about finding solutions that benefit all parties, so this treatment hit us hard. We realize that leaders are not always the reflective voice of the people they represent, and this article reassured us of that. Hopefully this too shall pass and we can go back to openly being best allies, and everything else good that we are. We have a lot more future to build together.
    Elaine Forder
    Proud Canadian and part-time American

  • Clyde Duncan  On September 27, 2018 at 10:30 pm

    Trump Avoided Trudeau More Than Once at the UN, Official Says

    Jennifer Jacobs and Josh Wingrove | Financial Post

    Prime Minister tried several times to speak to the U.S. president on sidelines, and it’s this rejection that Trump was referring to in his public comments

    Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tried more than once to speak with President Donald Trump on the sidelines of UN meetings, a U.S. official says, but Trump avoided the Canadian leader because of a standoff in trade talks.

    It was those attempted informal discussions that Trump was referring to when he said he refused to meet Trudeau, rather than a request for a formal bilateral sit-down meeting, which the Canadians said they did not make.

    One such attempted encounter led to a brief handshake, with Trump remaining seated when approached by the prime minister.

    The president added new pressure to trade talks Wednesday when he took aim at Trudeau and the Canadians, saying he won’t make the deal they’re seeking, that he doesn’t like Canada’s representative and that he might apply auto tariffs to the northern nation. Trudeau responded briefly on Thursday.

    “The Americans are finding that the negotiations are tough because Canadians are tough negotiators, as we should be,” the prime minister told reporters in Ottawa. “A good and fair deal is still very possible. But we won’t sign a bad deal for Canada or for Canadians.”

    ‘Very Unhappy’

    In a lengthy press conference Wednesday, Trump said he rejected meeting Trudeau because of trade talks.

    The countries are working to reach a deal on how to update the North American Free Trade Agreement, after the U.S. and Mexico reached their own deal last month.

    “We’re very unhappy with the negotiations and the negotiating style of Canada,” Trump said. “Canada has treated us very badly. Canada has a long way to go.”

    He said both that there’s a “good chance still” that the U.S. and Canada will reach a deal, but also that “probably or possibly” they won’t.

    The president repeated a threat to impose auto tariffs if a deal can’t be reached. “If Canada doesn’t make a deal with us, we’re going to make a much better deal — we’re going to tax the cars that come in.”

    He was asked twice if he’d quit the current NAFTA pact, and didn’t say. The Trump administration could face barriers in Congress if it tries to advance a deal without Canada.

    Guyana-born, Hassan Yussuff, a Canadian labour leader who sits on the government’s NAFTA advisory panel, chalked up Trump’s comments to “bluster” and said a NAFTA deal is actually “pretty well close to getting done.”

    Trump cited dairy as a sticking point, but Yussuff said the Canadians need a guarantee it won’t be hit with new tariffs if they sign a deal.

    “Canada wants some assurances going forward that the president will not continue to use tariffs to harass our industries simply because he’s mad at our prime minister, after we sign an agreement.” Yussuff, President of the Canadian Labour Congress told BNN Bloomberg television Thursday.

    Yussuff continued: “This president has always been a bit of a showboat and I think Canadians have become accustomed to this.”

  • Trevor  On October 5, 2018 at 9:49 pm

    Sheer white people commenting on this thread. It shows how people of colour are excluded in this amicable relations between US and Canada.

    BOTH USA and Canada treat immigrants and POC like criminals when crossing the border. It’s worse for African-Americans who lived in that forsaken place for 400+years.

    Did anyone remember when African-Americans and Canadians weren’t allowed to vote, but the white feminists got angry that they wouldn’t let no ” derogatory word” have more rights than them?

    As much as Guyana has political scandals, I will never get treated like a subhuman piece of garbage as whites do to blacks and immigrants in Canada and USA.

  • Elaine Forder  On October 5, 2018 at 11:43 pm

    Hi Trevor,
    I’m white, I’m a teacher and I live in Toronto. My students have been of every shade of skin colour existing and it isn’t an issue. In my last classroom, there was only 1 white person…me. For nearly 800 students, there were only 8 white teachers in the school. Again, not an issue. Kids are incredibly accepting unless they’re taught otherwise. Tim Horton’s in our city is the great meeting place of every ethnic group with varied languages and skin tones. It’s such a natural thing. I apologize for more rural locations in Canada who haven’t had the opportunity to live the multicultural experience. My pride in Canada is in our diversity but perhaps it is our city as opposed to our country. I may even be wrong about Toronto. I’m sorry that you don’t get the same treatment as whites. There is no excuse for that ever. We have to do better.

    • Trevor  On October 6, 2018 at 12:41 am

      Writing like you’re promoting an advertisement for Canada?
      No way that I will ever migrate to Canada, even Toronto as it’s the feminist and gay capitol of North America:

      Many of you Liberals only act tolerant of minorities until they are Christians; that’s where the tolerance stops.

      I’ve met Pastor David Lynn when he was preaching at Stabroek Market around six years ago. He’s not a homophobe and he doesn’t preach hate, yet Liberals and feminists and LGBQTXYZ claim that he’s a hate preacher, and they use intimidation and violence against him.

    • Trevor  On October 6, 2018 at 12:51 am

      And why would your school board corrupt young children to support Gay Marriage though Marriage laws have a certain age? 12 is too young for schoolchildren to marry gays.

      Homosexuals corrupt children and recruit them to become sexually active for a gay, lesbian or transgenderite. This is immoral, but hey, Canada is a nutcase of a country.

      And before you democrat lunatics try to do those SJW tactics on me, homosexuality is illegal in my neck of the woods!

      • Elaine Forder  On October 6, 2018 at 1:25 am

        We teach tolerance. You should try it…it makes the world a brighter place.

      • Trevor  On October 6, 2018 at 11:32 am

        What I’ve noticed from many Canadians and Americans is the Orwellian way they say things. Preach tolerance, but they express violence towards peaceful members of society like Pastors. Preach “war on terror”, but invade and terrorise sovereign and poorer countries that had nothing to do with terrorism.

        So why did the citizens and police of Canada infringe on the free rights of the Black Pastor who was only chanting “God Loves You”? He’s a well-known Pastor of Canada.

        And from what some have told me last night, many minorities attend schools that have no future for them. Areas like Thorncliff Park, Regent Park, Rexdale and Keelesdale are mainly low earner communities, but nearby wealthier areas have mainly white students who become wealthy as adults, while minorities end up unemployed, in jail or dead from gang warfare.

    • D. Guillaume  On October 7, 2018 at 3:45 am

      Help my close one as she is a targeted individual in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. They are targeting her because she is Back and a social activist against corruption.

      The Toronto Public Library blacklisted her books because they want her to become financially destitute. My close one is a talented woman but because she is not Wonderbread the racists who work the public sector of Canada’s bureaucracy have targeted her.

      You should hear her speak on her ordeal with Toronto Public Library. The Canadian government provides thousands of dollars in monetary gifts and promotional material for authors, but refuse to support her (Valerie).

  • Clyde Duncan  On October 6, 2018 at 10:22 pm

    Elaine Forder: I see you are used to being patient and nurturing …

    Here is some unsolicited advice:

    Don’t waste your time and energy with Trevor.

    • Trevor  On October 6, 2018 at 10:53 pm

      Why would anyone support homos, dykes and pedophiles who all molest children?

      They are also violent and they use physical assaults to silence their critics.

      You’ve been supporting white feminism and LEMME TELL YOU THIS! This white feminist garbage isn’t going to be accepted into MY COUNTRY OF GUYANA without a FIGHT!

      • Trevor  On October 6, 2018 at 11:18 pm

        Mods can you delete the above comment as certain words which are acceptable in Guyana will not be considered acceptable for international websites?

    • Trevor  On October 6, 2018 at 11:18 pm

      Why would you support violent feminist and LGBTQ activists such as this one which happened at Ryerson Toronto University? The “lesbian activist” acted violent on campus property?


      Mods can you delete the previous comment which contains this video as the wording was too aggressive?

  • Trevor  On October 6, 2018 at 11:08 pm

    To all of you overseas Guyanese who left Guyana decades ago and only support the white people’s social immorality: STAY IN AMERICA. DON’T COME HERE.
    Homosexuality is illegal in Guyana. None of you can change that. We don’t want any of that nastiness and ungodly filth here. Leave that for the white man and white woman.

    We don’t want any gay white man or white woman molesting our young ones on vacay. Guyana isn’t going to be some resort for homos to molest children. We as Guyanese CONDEMN every white country that tries to shame us for not legalising homosexuality.

    Our Great President Granger has stated that we should be careful of what we emulate from developed countries. Guyanese wouldn’t like gay men and gay women having free reign to molest babies and young children for the LGBTQ movement.

    Clyde Duncan, STAY IN AMERICA and be merry with the homos, lesbians, pedophiles and animal fornicators! We are poor here in Guyana, but we don’t lose the faith so that we end up in hell on Judgment Day.

  • Clyde Duncan  On October 12, 2018 at 11:54 am

  • Trevor  On October 12, 2018 at 12:33 pm


    Canada is intolerant of Christian Pastors even if they are Jamaican. It seems like Canada legalises gays and lesbians to be naked for children, but they get violent on respectable men like a Pastor, a man working for God and our Lord Jesus Christ, Yeshua.

  • Clyde Duncan  On October 13, 2018 at 12:32 am

  • Mary Gordon  On October 19, 2018 at 5:33 pm

    Great article. I agree with all. Trump’s behavior is painful. Thank God for good neighbor Canada!

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