CANZUK – The Canada-Australia-New Zealand-United Kingdom Free Trade Bloc

Great Britain is now beginning the process of divorcing from the European Union and going on its own – something it’s quite capable of doing, having built an Empire, then a Commonwealth, with impact around the world,¬† that has lasted 1,000 years.¬† Now a new trade deal is being considered between four very old and dear friends – family members actually – and it’s starting to get a lot of interest among the citizenry of those four countries.¬† It might just be the best idea any of the four has ever been part of!
The proposed union even has an unofficial name, already becoming comonplace РCANZUK:  the Canada-Australia-New Zealand-United Kingdom trade bloc. There is even a website currently promoting the idea to all four national governments and their citizens Рall four of whom are in various stages of development of the idea already:

CANZUK with insignias of the four Commonwealth countries involved: Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. (Credit: Alexander MacLeod)

I believe strongly that the United Kingdom/Great Britain would indeed be best served by joining with these particular member states of the current British Commonwealth, to form a new trade bloc, like the EU – Australia, New Zealand and Canada (FULL DISCLOSURE: I was born I, and have lived all of my 51 years, as a citizen of Canada).

The personal, professional, business and national connections between these four particular countries are incredibly deep. Of course, this is because we are family, as I stated previously – Great Britain being our mother, and the other three nations (Australia, New Zealand and Canada) being sisters, who to this day very much love and respect one another.

The trust and credibility built between these four nations goes all the way back to our individual founding as colonies of the British Empire, and now member sovereign states of the Commonwealth. The daughter states are all within 44 years of being the exact same age:

  • New Zealand – May 7, 1856
  • Dominion of Canada – July 1, 1867
  • Commonwealth of Australia – January 1, 1901

These four nations fought through two World Wars, the Great Depression, and a host of other challenging times… side by side.

(from l to r, Rt. Hon. Malcolm Turnbull, Prime Minister of Australia, Rt. Hon. Teresa May, Prime Minister of Great Britain, Rt. Hon. Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada, and Rt. Hon. Jacinda Ardern, Prime Minister of New Zealand)

We share Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II as our common monarch. A shared monarch is an essential aspect of CANZUK, which represents a global institution which has played an important role as a symbol of a common heritage and parliamentary tradition.

The Crown is the cornerstone of our democratic governments, and the rule of law over a long history of peaceful constitutional development. It is instructive to note that the English speaking countries which have retained the monarchy have been far more successful in avoiding civil unrest than their republican counterparts such as France and the United States.

The four nations have the same Parliamentary governmental system, a similar Constitution, and are all members of the British Commonwealth. We have similarly-ranked and recognized educational institutions, as well as similar trends in the business and financial realms, and similar geopolitical aspirations. The four nations also have, for the most part, the respect and trust of the majority of the nations of the world.

Interest and support is already high in all four nations for such a trade bloc agreement:

Overall National Average Support (in %):

National Support by Region (in %):

We have a similar racial profile, speak the same language (with some various differences that only make things more interesting). Canada, Australia and New Zealand even share a similar currency with a near-identical value – the Dollar. For example, on October 2, 2019 (information provided by Google Finance)

  • 1 New Zealand Dollar equals 0.83 Canadian Dollar
  • 1 Australian Dollar equals 0.89 Canadian Dollar
  • 1 New Zealand Dollar equals 0.93 Australian Dollar

With the United Kingdom ‚ÄúBrexiting‚ÄĚ the European Union trade bloc and going on their own, this idea has gained newfound interest in the UK, and across the other three nations as well.

passs-e1490853717728This concept of a trade bloc consisting of the United Kingdom/Great Britain, as well as Canada, Australia and New Zealand was discussed in a February 13, 2017 Financial Post article, which I will quote verbatim for some excellent updated information. – In the Trump era, the plan for a Canadian-U.K.-Australia-New Zealand trade alliance is quickly catching on:

Erin O‚ÄôToole, one of the candidates for the Conservative Party leadership, has made one of the key planks of his campaign his determination to ‚Äúpursue a Canada, UK, Australia, New Zealand trade and security pact.‚ÄĚ The idea of creating a ‚ÄúCANZUK‚ÄĚ zone of free trade and free movement of labour is catching on elsewhere, too.

In New Zealand, the junior coalition partner in the government, the Act New Zealand party led by David Seymour (who himself worked for five years in Canadian politics), is explicitly in favour of free movement and free trade within CANZUK.

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Proposed flag of the CANZUK union, composed of elements from all four national flags. Some with overactive imaginations say this reminds them of a white supremacist flag.

In official party circles within the U.K. and Australia, the wheels are grinding a little slower, but the former Australian prime minister Tony Abbott is already into most of the idea, proposing a free-trade agreement and free-movement area encompassing Australia, New Zealand and the U.K. And in Britain, Theresa May’s Conservative government has made it clear it wants new trade agreements with Canada, Australia and New Zealand as soon as possible after it leaves the EU.

The idea of CANZUK begins with a free-trade agreement, free-movement area (the freedom to live and work in each others’ countries) and defence-partnership agreement. O’Toole favours all three of these main planks, and he’s right that it all makes perfect sense.

The post-Cold-War alliances are obsolete. NAFTA is dead. The EU is losing a key member.

The CANZUK countries, working closely together, would make a formidable contribution to world affairs. They would have the largest total landmass of any free-trade zone. They would collectively constitute the fourth-largest market in the world, after the U.S., EU and China.

Their combined military spending would be the world‚Äôs third largest, well ahead of Russia, and on European Geostrategy‚Äôs geopolitical power index, the CANZUK countries collectively have a strength around 70 per cent of that of the U.S. ‚ÄĒ and nearly twice that of China or France. With a combined global trade footprint nearly twice as big as Japan‚Äôs, the CANZUK countries would have substantial influence in opening up global markets and guiding global regulation across a range of issues from banking to shipping to the environment.

tldrcanzukWhat makes CANZUK a natural union is perhaps self-evident. Canada, the U.K., Australia and New Zealand share a similar culture, similar values, and analogous legal, business and social systems that allow us to get along easily and interchangeably. (The term CANZUK was originally a term diplomats used to refer to these four countries because of how frequently they would vote the same way at the UN.)

Most of the main issues our political parties focus upon are instantly comprehensible to anyone from another CANZUK state. Our laws and constitutions share many features, making trade deals and mutual regulatory recognition a relatively straightforward matter. Our citizens enjoy a roughly similar per capita GDP (which is just not true of the other Commonwealth nations with similar constitutions) and face few hurdles in integrating into another CANZUK country’s labour market. Our societies are peaceful and orderly.

And in our modern globalized world, we see that we are much more similar to each other than we are to others. The challenges of dealing with Japanese or Chinese business partners can be overcome, but they cannot be denied. Continental Europeans have different foibles, different goals and different priorities from ours, as well as importantly different legal and constitutional challenges. The arrival of President Trump reminds us of just how different from us many parts of the U.S. really are, and always have been.

Furthermore, while the U.S., the EU and China can all make valuable trading partners in their different regions, each CANZUK state that encounters them is regionally overmatched and, standing alone, will inevitably be dominated. Working together though, exploiting our natural affinities and the world of mass communication, high-value services and rapid transit, CANZUK can allow us stand our ground and project our own values and agendas.

The post-Cold-War alliances and assumptions are obsolete. NAFTA is dead. The EU will soon lose one of its largest members. Trump might downgrade NATO, abandon the WTO and even diminish the UN. It’s tempting, in a world of change, to try to cling to as much of the old certainties as possible. But if we look up and out, something new beckons. Free trade, free movement and a new security partnership between countries of shared culture and natural affinity. CANZUK is the global deal of tomorrow.

Dr. Andrew Lilico, born in New Zealand but based in London, is executive director and principal of Europe Economics, a fellow of the Institute of Economic Affairs, and chairman of the IEA Monetary Policy Committee.

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By Shawn Jorgensen,  Founding Editor
Calling Out Community
Posted:  December 15, 2018.  Updated:  October 2, 2019.
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The Historic Reign of Elizabeth II

 

February 6, 2017 marks the momentous occasion when, 65 years ago, King George VI passed away Рand Elizabeth II ascended the British throne.  

We take a moment to look back on arguably the most influential woman of this Century Рthe historic reign of Queen Elizabeth II.


Every year that God blesses our beloved Queen Elizabeth II with continued health, she continues to make, then break, substantial achievements and records.

(Credit: Queen Elizabeth II at her 1952 Coronation)

At 4.18pm on September 9, 2015, Her Majesty became Britain’s longest reigning monarch in its 1,000 year history, passing the record set by Queen Victoria with a total of 23,226 days, 16 hours and 18 minutes – over 63 years, seven months and two days.

The following year,¬†on¬†October 13, 2016, King¬†Bhumibol Adulyadej the Great, Thailand’s beloved monarch,¬†passed away after 70 years on the throne, the longest-reigning monarch in world history, and the richest king in recorded history, worth a staggering $40 billion. ¬†With his death, Queen Elizabeth II now becomes the longest-reigning living monarch from any nation in the world today.

With her health remaining strong at 90 years of age, and as¬†her mother lived to be over 100 years old, Elizabeth II could very possibly go past her 70th anniversary on the throne –¬†thus also surpassing¬†the late King of Thailand as the longest-serving monarch in world history.

We are already in uncharted today, as Britain has never had a 90-year old monarch, nor one that has ruled 65 years. ¬†However,¬†longevity¬†is not the Queen’s main accomplishments – it’s her incredible influence over¬†one of the greatest periods¬†of transformation in world history.

Let’s first look at some fun facts about the Royal Family, and then we will celebrate some of the Queen’s greatest accomplishments:

Queen Elizabeth II is the 32nd great granddaughter of King Alfred, who 1,147 years ago was the first effective King Of England Рruling from 871 to 899.

f8c028dd016b15c3785aec529138b999If Edward VIII has not abdicated the throne in order to marry Wallis Simpson, he would have ruled until he died in 1972.  Having had no children,  and as his younger brother (who instead became King George VI) was dead by 1952 РElizabeth would have still inherited the throne Рonly in 1972, not 1952.

Ironically, in 1889 Alice Keppel was the mistress of King Edward VII when he was Prince of Wales.  Today, her great granddaughter Camilla was for a time the mistress of the current Prince of Wales Рuntil she married him of course!

Speaking of which,  Edward had a number of affairs with married women including Wallace Simpson, who was already divorced and still married to her second husband.    Based on societal attitudes at that time, the prime minister of the day told him that it would cause a scandal and a constitutional crisis if he married her Р the government would have to resign.  So Edward chose to abdicate Рhe was not forced to, he chose to.  Today, prince Charles is not facing that same decision, even though he is also divorced and remarried to a divorced woman, because attitudes towards divorce are different today.

“Prince Harry” is a nickname¬†– his real name is Henry Charles Albert David.

Even if  Prince Charles inherited the Crown today, he will already be the oldest monarch to ascend to the throne in British history.

The Queen could not choose to bypass the throne directly to Prince William instead of Prince Charles – he is the eldest son and Prince of Wales and he will become king as long as he’s living when¬†the queen dies or should she abdicate – the latter being¬†highly¬†unlikely.

Prince. Charles is unlikely to call himself King¬†Charles III when he becomes king – he may choose any name he wishes. ¬†Charles’ grandfather George VI was Prince Albert before he became king, and his great great grandfather Edward VII was also Prince Albert. ¬†King¬†Charles I was beheaded in 1649 after the English Civil War, and Charles II was known as the “Merrie Monarch” because he has so many mistresses, so it’s unlikely that he would call himself King¬†Charles III. ¬†Many believe he¬†will choose King George VII.

tumblr_mok5tcmijd1suy31ro1_1280In the bizarre display¬†of sexist rules, the husband of a Queen¬†is always known as a Prince consort – Victoria’s husband was Prince Albert and Elizabeth II’s husband was Prince Philip.¬†¬†But the wife of a King is known as a Queen consort – she just doesn’t officially rule as Queen (as with the Elizabeth the Queen Mother)

Queen Victoria was likely the most powerful woman in world history – not only did the “sun never set on the British Empire” then, meaning it literally spanned almost every time¬†zone of the world, but descendants today¬†rule over Belgium, Denmark, Luxembourg, Norway, ¬†Sweden, ¬†Spain, and the United Kingdom. ¬†Even more bizarre, at the start of the First World War, her grandchildren sat on the thrones of Denmark, Greece, ¬†Norway, Germany, Romania, Russia, Spain, and the United Kingdom – meaning that the European war involved¬†cousin fighting against cousin!

And now, let’s honour the Queen by looking at back at some of her tremendous accomplishments:

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(Coat of Arms of Queen Elizabeth II, as seen on the gates of Winchester Cathedral)

The Queen holds or has held the following official titles:  Elizabeth II, By the Grace of God of Great Britain, Ireland, and the British Dominions Beyond the Sea, Queen of Canada, Queen of Australia, Queen of New Zealand, Queen of Jamaica, Queen of Barbados, Queen of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas, Queen of Grenada, Queen of Papua New Guinea, Queen of Solomon Islands, Queen of Tuvalu, Queen of St. Lucia, Queen of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Queen of Antigua and Barbuda, Queen of Belize, Queen of Saint Kits and Nevis, Queen of Ghana, Queen of Nigeria, Queen of Sierra Leone, Queen of Tanganyika, Queen of Uganda, Queen of Kenya, Queen of Malawi, Queen of Mauritis, Queen of South Africa, Queen of Gambia, Queen of Trinidad and Tobago, Queen of Guyana, Queen of Pakistan, Queen of Ceylon, Queen of Malta, Queen of Fiji, Queen of Jamaica, Queen of Gibraltar, the Duke of Normandy, the Lord of Mann, Commander-in-chief of the Canadian Armed Forces,  Head of the New Zealand Defence Force, Lord Admiral of the Royal Navy,  Commander-in-chief of the British Armed Forces, Dame Grand Cross of the Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St. John of Jerusalem, Member of the Imperial Order of the Crown of India, Queen of India, Head of the Commonwealth, Defender of the Faith  

 Beginning with Sir Winston Churchill in 1952, Queen Elizabeth II has had 13 Prime Ministers during her rule, the most recent being Theresa May.

Possibly a little-known fact: In 1992, the Queen modernized her financial relationship with the British government and the British people by offering to pay income tax and capital gains tax on a voluntary basis. Since 1993, her personal income has been taxable as for any other UK taxpayer

The Queen’s¬†estimated personal fortune is around ¬£350 million. ¬†The Duchy of¬†Lancaster estate, a portfolio of land property and assets, is held in trust for the monarch and¬†is¬†worth around ¬£348 million. She also owns property that’s never been valued including Sandringham House,¬†Balmoral¬†Castle in Scotland reportedly worth ¬£160 million. ¬†Her¬†investment portfolio in¬†blue-chip British companies is worth¬†¬£110 million, a¬†personal art collection is worth at least ¬£2¬† million and she has personal jewellery and a large stamp collection built up by her grandfather George V.¬† Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle, the crown jewels and the Royal Art Collection are held in trust for the nation.

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The Crown Estate¬†manages on behalf of the monarch the property and land owned by the Crown including properties in St. James in London, offshore wind farms around Britain’s coast and real estate in Scotland – all worth around ¬£11 billion and generating ¬£285 million per year. ¬†The Queen organized a new income plan for the Royal Family in 2013, taking just 15% of this Crown Estate income, and giving the rest to the national Treasury – meaning income of about ¬£42 million in 2016 for the entire Royal Family, and over ¬£240 million to the government.

  • (The queen In Canada - June 2010 - her 22nd and most recent to one of her favorite countries)
    (The queen In Canada – June 2010 – her 22nd and most recent to one of her favorite countries)

    While Queen Victoria reigned over more than 70 countries, she never left Europe.  Queen Elizabeth II currently has just 16 realms, but she has visited 116 countries during 265 official visits, making her by far the most travelled monarch in British history.  She has never been to Cameroon or Rwanda, the two most recent member states of the  Commonwealth.   She has visited Canada 22 times and Australia 16 times!   In 1957, during an official state visit to the United States, she was the first monarch to open a session of Congress.

The queen is a¬†patron of 510 charities in Britain including Cancer Research UK, ¬†and the British Red Cross – assisting them in raising an incredible ¬£1.4 billion over the years. ¬†The¬†wider Royal family supports a grand total of 2,415 charities in Britain, with this figure rising to almost 3,000 globally ¬†She’s done more for charity than any other monarch in world history.

Her Majesty has been an integral part of the ongoing transformation of the old British Empire into the new British Commonwealth and its successor, the Commonwealth of Nations.  She has overseen the independence of many former Empire realms, including to a degree Australia and Canada.

 

The queen is always been on the cutting edge of technology starting with her coronation, which was broadcast for the first time ever on television.  In 1976, she sent her very first email, part of a technology demonstration.  It took a few decades before anyone emailed regularly.  Today, the Queen uses a cell phone in order to text her grandchildren Рa pretty impressive feat for an 89-year-old great-grandmother.  She also sent her first tweet into 2014!

According to a famed British constitutional scholar, Walter Bagehot, Queen Elizabeth II ‚Äúcould disband the army; she could dismiss all the officers… she could sell off all our ships-of-war and all our naval stores; she could make a peace by the sacrifice of Cornwall and begin a war for the conquest of Brittany. She could make every citizen in the United Kingdom, male or female, a peer; she could make every parish in the United Kingdom a ‚ÄėUniversity‚Äô; she could dismiss most of the civil servants, and she could pardon all offenders.‚ÄĚ

Her Majesty’s actual rights as a Queen are only three:

  • The right to be consulted by the Prime Minister
  • To encourage certain courses of action
  • To warn against others

Clearly then, the queen’s duties involve more than her rights. But what of her value to the British economy?

And the Royal family’s value to the UK economy is massive. ¬†UK Business Insider quotes Brand Finance said that at the time of Queen Elizabeth‚Äôs Diamond Jubilee in 2012, the Monarchy‚Äôs value at that point to be in excess of ¬£44 billion ($67 billion).¬†Three years on, its value now rests around ¬£57 billion ($87 billion). In addition, Brand Finance estimated that the Royal Family’s net contribution¬†to the UK economy is around ¬£1.155 billion ($1.8 billion) this year alone!.

In her 90th year, and on today’s 65th anniversary of her reign, she still continues to¬†mean as much or more to millions of us than ever!

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By Shawn J., Founding Editor
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Posted February 6, 2015
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O Canada! Leave Our Anthem Alone

As I’ve mentioned in several previous postings, our national anthem isn’t just a song for the start of a hockey game or a morning ritual in an elementary school classroom. ¬†It’s the symbolic glue that unites us from coast to coast with a common story and belief about our shared life together. ¬†It unites strangers in a way nothing else can. ¬†And there are forces at work today that want to change that story, and turn it into something it was never intended to be. ¬†And the cost to all of us is ….what?


Read the original post here
O Canada, We Stand On Guard For Thee!”
(Posted May 24, 2015 by Shawn J.)


“Canada” is not a reference to level of government or a pin or a map or a flag or cultural group – and O Canada isn’t just some theme song played before an NHL game north of the 49th parallel. ¬†Whether in a small City Council meeting in Ontario, or gathered by the tens of thousands in a stadium near you, Canada is about a PEOPLE – you and I are Canada and O Canada is our song about ourselves.

I have written in a previous posting (see link above)¬†that recognizing Canada at the municipal level isn’t “inappropriate” as some buffoons have suggested. ¬†In fact, nothing could be more inappropriate than dismissing the national anthem of a country within that country’s borders, and particularly within any building of any level of government¬†in that country. ¬†Do my eyes deceive me on Google Street View, or is there a Canadian flag¬†flying in front of the Richmond Hill Municipal Building? ¬†If so, is that any more or less appropriate?

A member of the Richmond Hill Council, in rejecting O Canada at the beginning of their Council meetings last year, actually suggested, according to¬†The Rebel,¬†that¬†the anthem took too long to sing. ¬†Perhaps the Councillor in question might want to move to Uganda – their anthem is the shortest in the world – it’s only 9 measures in length, and the composer finished it in one¬†day. ¬†Even better, right?

And the most ridiculous reason that they nixed O Canada? According to the mayor, they got¬†an absurd opinion from the town lawyer that singing O Canada would actually be illegal. ¬†That’s right –¬†illegal. ¬†Apparently the phrase¬†“God keep our land glorious and free” might be a problem, which was introduced to the anthem in 1980. ¬†35 years ago. ¬†NOW it’s a problem? ¬†How idiotic.¬†And the anthem itself is 109¬†years old, being introduced to the world in 1906. Their moronic conclusion¬†was based on some misguided interpretation of a recent Supreme Court of Canada ruling, where prayer is no longer allowed at the start of their¬†Council meetings. ¬†Oh yes, they snuck that one by most of us.

IMG_1419The fear of the national anthem of Canada not being sung in Canada because of the word “God” in it is insanity. ¬†It could¬†not be unconstitutional – the Constitution of Canada was signed in 1982. ¬†If the Constitution comes up against the anthem, the Constitution should go. ¬†It’s a useless document that has cost us millions¬†in legal fees across the country anyway, and for what?

The preamble to the Charter of Rights and Freedoms in Canada says: ¬† “Whereas Canada is founded upon principles that recognize the supremacy of God and the rule of law…” ¬†And now, some would like to see that removed as well. ¬†Can you imagine – the Charter of Rights could actually be unconstitutional? ¬†What a legacy of nonsense former Prime Minister Trudeau lavished upon us with this stupid Constitution and Charter. ¬†And now his idiot son continues the nonsense.

Are we better off today than we were in 1982? ¬†We’ve opened the door to secular humanism, socialism, feminism, homosexuality and a host of other minority special interest groups that have weakened the societal fabric of our country and dictated future policy for the majority. ¬†And we are not “better” for it – we are immeasurably weakened by it.

Once we stop recognizing the importance of our national identity, including our anthem, we stop having a soul. Canada is truly one of the blessed nations on earth and we don’t always show it outwardly. ¬†Stand with thousands of people at a sporting event today and you will actually HEAR thousands of people singing our anthem. ¬†And undoubtedly, if you stop and pay attention, you will get a lump in your throat. ¬† The numbers attending Remembrance Day services is also some of the highest since World War II. ¬†Why? ¬†Because there’s a new spirit of patriotism in Canada. ¬†It’s not hot and flashy and full of bravado and fireworks. ¬†It’s quiet, confident and a total¬†adoration for the Canada we all live in¬†– and that many of us would all die for.

maxresdefaultAfter the horrifying terrorist attack in Ottawa, our beloved capital city, the whole country went into mourning – we couldn’t believe such a thing could happen in our peaceful little country. ¬†That Friday¬†night, October 24, 2014, in an unprecedented show of solidarity, the¬†NHL and Hockey Night in Canada joined three stadiums via satellite link¬†– the¬†Bell Centre in Montreal, the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, and the Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa¬†– and the combined crowd of nearly 60,000 fans¬†sang¬†O Canada in unison with all of their hearts. ¬†It was one of those moments in Canadian history we’ll never forget, and it was centered around our anthem – it said “we love you Canada” when we just were too speechless to say anything else.

A staggering 300,000 new immigrants a year come to Canada, growing our population by nearly 1% annually.  Why is there still such a heavy demand on our Immigration Canada offices and embassies?  Because the rest of the world gets it РCanada is a glorious ideal, a melting pot of languages and cultures and nations and tongues and tribes together under one giant, peaceful, steadfast roof called the Dominion of Canada, stretching from Sea to Sea to shining Sea.  The second largest land mass on earth houses one of the friendliest, most loving, most loyal, most giving nations on earth.  The whole world sees us as a refuge from international storms, an oasis in the deserts of dictatorship and despair around the world.

netherlands1945May 5, 1945 marks 70 years since the Canadian army defeated the Germans and liberated the Netherlands (known as Holland to some) from Nazi oppression.  Not many are alive today that remember that triumphant victory, but the Dutch still celebrate Liberation Day every May 5 with massive crowds of 100,000 people or more.  And they still sing O Canada at every event, every year, as they did just a few weeks ago.

One Dutch citizen, a teenager at the time of the Canadian liberation of The Hague, said:

‚ÄúAs the Canadian tank came nearer…there was a big hush over all the people, and it was suddenly broken by a big scream as if it was out of the earth. And the people climbed on the tank…and they were crying. And we were running with the tanks and the jeeps all the way into the city.‚ÄĚ

That’s why I¬†personally will never stop singing O Canada in this country – I still think it’s one of the most beautiful anthems in the world – and to millions around the world, it represents liberty and freedom and peace and democracy and generosity. ¬†The American image worldwide has changed over the years to the negative. ¬†But not the Canadian image – our flag and our anthem still carry weight¬†in countries throughout the world.

And¬†I dare anyone¬†to try to tell me now that I can’t sing about this country I love¬†at any¬†specific location in Canada. ¬†No really, I welcome them to come to my house tonight and tell me that O Canada cannot be sung at any place within Canada. ¬†I dare them.

And now we hear the stupid plot of one backwater Liberal MP to change the lyrics to O Canada to take out “in all thy sons command” and replace it with something that is both grammatically incorrect, unintelligible to relate to, and frankly embarrassing – “in all of us command”. ¬† As the National Post reports:

With the Liberals now in the majority, Belanger should have little trouble finally ensuring that women feel equally included in the national anthem.

Passage of the bill would be a fitting legacy for Belanger, who was diagnosed just a month after the Oct. 19 federal election with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. This was his second attempt Рvoted down in the Conservative government previously. The bill to change the lyrics passed in the House of Commons by a vote of 225 to 74 in June and is currently before the Senate.

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How many other nations change their national anthems to appease special interest groups? ¬†Great Britain will of course have to become gender sensitive with their anthem – they will have to¬†change God Save the Queen to God Save the King, but that’s hardly the same thing, and for obvious reasons that are hardly equitable.

A nation constantly changing the words to its anthem certainly gives the impression that it is insecure, indecisive, unsure of its roots, or where it wants to go in the future.  Sounds like Liberals have had a go at it.

The¬†left wing, pinko,¬†socialist jackasses that try to weaken this country will have to pry that beautiful Canadian flag¬†out of my cold, dead hands. ¬†I love her, I will defend her at all costs against all enemies from without and within, and I would be willing¬†to die for her if necessary.¬†¬†If you no longer feel the same, or you are here to¬†discredit her, weaken her, harm her, or make her lesser than the great nation she already is today, get the hell out. ¬†I heard Cuba is nice this time of year – and there are¬†plenty of left wing backwaters where you can strut your stuff and show off your brilliance, and enforce¬†your anti-capitalist, anti-Christian, anti-family, anti-marriage, anti-God bulls–t.

Besides, there are a lot of people rushing to get into this giant Harbour of rest and peace called Canada – and we’re gonna¬†need your apartment.

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By Shawn J., Founding Editor
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Posted July 1, 2016

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New York City Recognizes 31 Gender Distinctives

Every year, New York City¬†hosts the largest Gay Pride event in the world, with their annual March today (Sunday, June¬†26) expected to attract 1.5 million people along it’s¬†famed 5th Avenue route. ¬†But not everyone’s in the mood to celebrate the gay community.


Hundreds of thousands participate in the NYC Pride March in 2014. (Credit: Occupy Wall Street)
Hundreds of thousands participate in the NYC Pride March in 2014. (Credit: Occupy Wall Street)

The sequins and feather boas are in every color. ¬†The nuns with beards and the leather freaks and the lipstick lesbians and chubby chasers and half-naked twinks are all geared up to ride, walk, dance and march on or by one of 80 Gay Pride March floats set to weave their way down New York’s Fifth Avenue, to the apparent delight of the 1.5 million onlookers who started gathering early morning to get the best piece of sidewalk, rooftop or balcony today.

Today everyone will pay lip service to loving “the gays”, or so the non-gay community will¬†tells¬†the¬†LGBTQ community (though 1/2 of them likely couldn’t tell you what¬†groups those 5 initials ¬†–¬†Lesbian, Gay, Bi, Transgender or Queer¬†– even represent).¬† Corporations really love the gay community, especially after AdWeek “came out” in 2011 with an estimate that the gay market is worth about $743 billion.

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Even Tony the Tiger is gay friendly today?  Nonsensical.,

The belief amongst the gay community that they are finally being accepted by the “straights”, that they¬†have finally “arrived” is just as much a myth – it’s not true at all. ¬†In fact, the Williams Institute at UCLA conducted a study entitled¬†“NATIONAL TRENDS IN PUBLIC OPINION ON LGBT RIGHTS IN THE UNITED STATES“, updated to November 2014, and it was a bit of an eye-opener.

The opening question in the study was “how would you rate gay men and lesbians (that is, homosexuals)?” ¬†The overall rating was just under 60%. ¬†The study states:

“The average score was 29 in 1984, which indicated very cool feelings toward lesbians and gay men. ¬†In the last three decades, the average thermometer score has almost doubled. ¬†The public is now on average slightly more positive than neutral in their attitude toward lesbians and gay men.”

Ouch! Hardly the resounding love-fest they were expecting Рand quite frankly the numbers may actually have dipped slightly in the last year or two, as a result of the heavy-handed push to accept transgender individuals in every aspect of society.

Is this REALLY the narrative the gay community wants us to be talking about?
Is this REALLY the narrative the gay community wants us to be talking about?

Gay community, listen up – the governments that are pushing for transgender rights didn’t ask you about it first, did they? ¬†You haven’t been included or consulted in what the issues have been or are?¬†¬†You haven’t had any chance to express your opinion, have you?

And if you were really honest, you’d have to admit that deep down, you’re a bit uncomfortable with the way this is being rammed down peoples’ throats. ¬†If some of you were really honest, you’d even admit that you aren’t really happy with this push for over-the-top transgender rights.

crazylibAnd so you should be. ¬†Your community has been hijacked by the radical left to start a culture war against the Church and conservative folks. They don’t actually care about transgender rights. ¬†Frankly, some of the gays and lesbians would themselves say that these rights are being forced in a most uncomfortable way on society.¬† Some gays and lesbians might secretly admit they don’t even support full rights for some of the more fringe elements.

Haven’t you asked yourself why this was so easy for the government to do? ¬†Why they are pushing this so hard for you, even to the point of running right past you to do so? ¬†Why did you have to fight for 20 years for gay rights, and transgender people¬†suddenly get everything handed to them, and they didn’t even ask? ¬†Because it’s not about you or them.

imageCase in point – the City of New York’s Commission on Human Rights¬†has published a brochure that talks about gender distinctions and the rules to curtail¬†discrimination. ¬†And it’s documents like this that will quickly cause more push-back against transgender rights – or gay rights in general – than anything else.

Why? ¬†Because they officially recognize 31 gender distinctions across the city, and you’d better too if you own a business there, or you could face hefty fines.

That’s right friend – according to a May 18¬†Washington Post article:

Greeting customers as ‚ÄúMr.‚ÄĚ or ‚ÄúMrs.‚ÄĚ ‚ÄĒ or even not using the pronoun ‚Äúze‚ÄĚ or ‚Äúzir‚ÄĚ ‚ÄĒ could prove costly for New York City businesses under rules drafted by Mayor Bill de Blasio‚Äôs bureaucrats. ¬†The Gotham mayor‚Äôs Commission on Human Rights says entities that fail to address customers by their preferred gender pronouns and titles are in violation of the law and could be subject to penalties of up to $250,000.

7d0f9ad66d293fab12a9fc29b79b015fOUTRAGEOUS. ¬†ZE AND ZIR? ¬†Are you kidding me – never heard of that before in my entire life, and I bet 75% of the gay community has never heard of those idiotic pronouns before either. ¬†In fact, reading this list of transgendered distinctions is like reading a textbook for the psychologically ill¬†– it’s¬†so inclusive of every strange half-breed sub-sub-section of the gay community that it’s a laughingstock on its own – and it’s done the gay community NO favors.

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Screw it, just come and give me a fine – I refuse to learn all this crap.

In fact, I defy any gay man or lesbian to correctly define all 31 of these terms. ¬†The City didn’t even bother to define them – probably because they have no idea what some of them mean.¬† This is the same gay community that still wears pink triangles as their symbol, even though Hitler used the symbol to differentiate gays in concentration camps.

Here, folks, is the list of all the things you can be in New York in addition to being Male or Female (we’ve defined a few just to show the nuttiness of it all):

AGENDER
ANDROGYNE
ANDROGYNOUS – appearing and/or identifying as neither man nor woman, presenting a gender either mixed or neutral
BI-GENDERED
BUTCH
CROSS-DRESSER
DRAG KING
DRAG QUEEN
FEMALE-TO-MALE
FEMME
FEMME PERSON OF TRANSGENDER EXPERIENCE
FTM
GENDER BENDER Рwho bends, changes, mixes, or combines society’s gender conventions by expressing elements of masculinity and femininity together
GENDERQUEER – person whose gender identity is neither man nor woman, is between or beyond genders, or is some combination of genders
GENDER BLENDER
GENDER FLUID – whose gender identification and presentation shifts, whether within or outside of societal, gender-based expectations
GENDER GIFTED
HIJRA
MALE-TO-FEMALE
MAN
MTF
NON-BINARY
NON-OP
PANGENDER – gender identity is comprised of all or many gender expressions.
QUEEN
THIRD SEX
TRANS
TRANS PERSON
TRANSEXUAL/TRANSSEXUAL
TRANSGENDER
TWO-SPIRIT – Native Americans who have attributes of both men and women, have distinct gender and social roles in their tribes, and are often involved with mystical rituals (shamans).
WOMAN

transimageA city official speaking on background confirmed to The Daily Caller that all of the listed identities are protected by the city’s anti-discrimination laws, but said that the list was not exhaustive.  The city does not provide definitions of the various gender identities, but glossaries are online at several U.S. universities.

This nonsense has just begun, believe me.¬† It’s time to push back now before the world is just too nutty to live in.

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By Shawn J., Founder,
Calling Out Community
Posted: July 1, 2016
[God’s Got A Plan For You!]¬†

The Queen’s Historic Visit… to Hell

by Calling Out Community, Posted June 28, 2015

IMG_2143Queen Elizabeth II has become accustomed to countless milestones during her decades on the throne:

  • In December 2007, she became the longest living British monarch, overtaking Victoria who died when she was 81 (the Queen recently turned 89 on April 21!)
  • On May 12, 2011, she became the second-longest reigning monarch in British history, when she overtook George III
  • Her Majesty is the first monarch to have sent an email, to have a message put on the moon, have conducted a royal ‘walkabout’ and to have held a public concert in her back garden.
  • imagesAccording to the Guinness Book of World Records, Her¬†Majesty’s face is shown today on more currencies (35) than anyone else in human history. ¬†Queen Victoria appeared on 19, King George V on 21.
  • On June 6, 2012,¬†the Queen’s¬†Diamond Jubilee Pageant also broke a World Record for the largest parade of boats (670) in human history.
  • On September 9, 2015, Queen Elizabeth II¬†will overtake Queen Victoria, her great-great-grandmother, to become the longest-reigning monarch in British history.

Yet, of all the various accomplishments and achievements in the 63-year reign of our Queen, perhaps none were as noble, symbolic and as highly¬†impressive as her official visit this past Friday, June 26…

…to the infamous Nazi concentration camp at Bergen-Belsen in Germany.

IMG_2144In a highly unusual and very symbolic move, Her Majesty and Prince Philip laid a wreath together at the memorial  of the camp, on the final day of her state visit to Germany.  She later met with several survivors of the camp, to hear their stories.  And we salute her today for doing that.

70 years ago this Spring, on April 15, 1945, British troops entered the first of several Nazi concentration camps at a place called Bergen-Belsen near Hanover, Germany Рtheir first true glimpse of the Holocaust since the start of the War. Rumors about these camps had swirled since 1942 across Europe, but nothing could prepare the horrified soldiers who walked through the camp gates that day.

SS prison guards forced to load victims of Bergen-Belsen concentration camp into a trucks for burial, 1945
SS prison guards forced to load victims of Bergen-Belsen concentration camp into a trucks for burial, 1945

They soon discovered that the facility, built to hold 10,000 people, was filled to overflowing with nearly 60,000 critical ill and starving prisoners, amidst rotting piles containing over 13,000 unburied corpses.   The average weight of those still alive was 25-30 kg (50-60 pounds).   Sanitation facilities were designed for about 1/8 the number of people who lived there, and soon disease spread like wildfire.

The death toll at Bergen-Belsen was catastrophic. ¬†Almost 20,000 Soviet prisoners of war and a further 50,000 ‘undesirable” prisoners¬†died here – gypsies, homosexuals, those too sick to work at other prisoner of war camps, and thousands of evacuees from other death camps that were being overrun by Allied troops near the end of the war.

Anne Frank, 1942

The death toll also included nearly 2,750 children.  One of them was a bright eyed 15-year old girl, who died of typhus along with her sister Margot in February or March 1945 at Bergen-Belsen Рjust two out of thousands in the camp that month.  Years later, her father (the only surviving member of her family) found her diaries of life in the Netherlands during the Nazi occupation, and felt it was a compelling enough story to approach a publisher with.  Het Achterhuis (The Diary of a Young Girl or The Diary of Anne Frank) has since been translated into 65 languages and has sold over 30 million copies around the world Рand it remains a voice from the graves at Bergen-Belsen to our world to present day.

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Article of memories from British troops at the liberation of Bergen-Belsen. London Evening Star, September 1945.

Nearly¬†20,000¬†of the camp’s prisoners died¬†of typhus in the first few months of 1945, shortly before liberation. ¬†A further 13,000 died after liberation – at a rate of nearly 500 a day – from disease and the effects of the Nazi-ordered severe¬†malnutrition. ¬†In fact, of the nearly 20,000 Jews alone that were transported to the camp, only¬†around 2,560 were ever actually transported from Bergen-Belsen and released.

British military leadership, including Prime Minister Winston Churchill, were so¬†enraged by what they saw, they ensured that photos of the atrocities were published in papers across the United Kingdom and around the world. ¬†The photos¬†shocked a society that couldn’t believe such inhumanity could exist.

950142-queen-elizabeth-world-war-iiThough in some ways shielded from the horrors of the War, the Queen’s¬†own family was a target of the¬†Nazis, who felt there would be¬†few greater ¬†propaganda coups¬†than to kill King George VI. ¬†On the night of¬†September 19, 1940, they nearly succeeded when a German Luftwaffe pilot dropped a bomb on Buckingham Palace, an event elevating the reluctant, stammering monarch to hero king in the eyes of the people. ¬† And when she became of age,¬†the¬†19-year old Princess Elizabeth enlisted to serve her country with the Women’s Auxiliary Territorial Service, training¬†as a driver and mechanic and was promoted to honorary Junior Commander five months later.

For 63 years since, unaccustomed to public displays of emotion or embroiling herself in any type of controversial affair if possible, she has seen the rise of anti-Semitism again in Europe, and the Jewish race and the State of Israel being maligned in the press every day for contrived crimes against humanity.  Of course, there are always going to be those who somehow think that the Holocaust was a myth.  And just like those who faced the Nazi death camps of the 1940s, Jews worldwide once again face the prospects of another Holocaust at the hands of Hamas, the PLO, ISIS, the Arab League and other hostile nations, all who have one stated goal Рthe eradication of the Jews.

And into the midst of all that constant left wing hate-filled propaganda, a¬†perfectly-coiffed, diminutive little 89-year old woman in her perfectly-tailored, beautiful black designer frock with matching shoes, hat, gloves and purses¬†– with all the dignity and poise that she commands, slowly and deliberately¬†walked with her 94-year old spouse up the long, lonely paved pathway to¬†Bergen-Belsen…

… to walk with her head held high through the main gates of Hell itself.

Queen-Elizabeth-II-at-her-Coronation-kings-and-queens-6886027-279-458It matters that she was there.  It matters that this specific woman would recognize the horrors of the Holocaust, especially at this time in history, and the plight of its victims, including the millions of Jews who were butchered by the Nazis.  For she is not just some over-rated celebrity, some polarizing local political figure, or some has-been entertainer.

12 British Prime Ministers, 12 Presidents of the United States, 11 Canadian Prime Ministers, and 7 Papal Heads of the Catholic Church have come and gone during her 63-year reign.  She is Queen Elizabeth the Second of Great Britain, Ireland, Northern Ireland and the British Dominions beyond the Seas, Defender of the Faith, Head of the Commonwealth, Queen of Antigua, Australia, Barbuda, the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Canada, Grenada, Jamaica, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea. Saint Christopher and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines,Solomon Islands, Tuvalu and of Her other Realms and Territories, Supreme Governor of the Church of England, and patron of 600 organizations and charities.

imagesIt matters that she was there. ¬†And as our Queen¬†left this ghastly place, after hearing from several of its survivors, she¬†was overheard stating in hushed tones, “it’s difficult to imagine”.

We agree your Majesty – but we thank you from the bottom of our hearts for being there regardless. ¬†You didn’t do it to be politically correct, because you’re swimming upstream if you did¬†– the Holocaust is all but a distant memory. ¬†There was no current anniversary to celebrate at the camp, no plaque to unveil, no tree to plant, no babies to kiss. thankfully no new buildings to dedicate there. ¬†You went for one reason – because we should¬†remember. ¬† You didn’t have to go there – you’re 89, you could have taken a break from all the frenetic scheduling and put your royal feet up on your majestic ottoman in your palatial den. ¬†But you didn’t.

That’s why one million people came to cheer for you as you stepped onto your Palace balcony on your¬†Diamond Anniversary in 2012. ¬†You have survived the outlandish treatment of the leftwing press for decades, political scandals, your own children’s marital problems, and the changing of the British Empire into the British Commonwealth. ¬†All around you shifting sand, but you have remained steadfast. ¬†You are the Elizabeth of World War II – you are the mechanic and driver doing her part for the effort. ¬†We love you so much¬†for keeping your promise as that¬†young girl who stated to the world in a radio address on your 21st birthday:

I declare before you all that my whole life, whether it be long or short, shall be devoted to your service and the service of our great imperial family to which we all belong.’

IMG_1261You have kept a steady hand on this global ship for 6 decades, and your presence at Bergen-Belsen¬†gave a stronger voice to the millions who died in the Holocaust. ¬†You are also well aware that the rumblings of history are once again being felt against the Jewish race, and that it¬†is the influence¬†of powerful world leaders like yourself that can¬†keep this from ever happening again. ¬†Today, I applaud you, your Majesty, for standing up for what is right in a time when the world doesn’t know what that means anymore.

God save our gracious Queen!  Long live our noble Queen!
God save the Queen!  
Send her victorious, Happy and glorious,
Long to reign over us, God save the Queen.

Thy choicest gifts in store On her be pleased to pour,
Long may she reign.
May she defend our laws, And ever give us cause,
To sing with heart and voice, God save the Queen.

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