Expensive Prime Minister, how’s your trip in Jamaica going?

Expensive Prime Minister, how’s your trip in Jamaica going?

Rt. Hon. Justin Trudeau

c/o Excessive Commissioner Emina Tudakovic

Canadian Excessive Fee

3 West Kings Home Highway

Kingston 10, Jamaica

My Expensive Prime Minister,

Realizing how eagerly you could have been ready for my annual New Yr’s letter with its sage recommendation on methods to duck the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune that shall be flung at you once you return, I requested that or not it’s rushed to you. I hope that Emina Tudakovic will temporary you and your loved ones on the dangers it’s possible you’ll encounter throughout your vacation in Jamaica.

Dangers? I’m not referring to the opportunity of bumping into your previous household pal, the Aga Khan. That tempest in a teapot was six years in the past. That was within the Bahamas. The Aga Khan doesn’t have a personal island in Jamaica, as far as I do know.

The dangers I seek advice from are itemized in a journey advisory issued by your authorities, Prime Minister. Posted on the excessive fee’s web site, it declares: “Train a excessive diploma of warning in Jamaica as a result of excessive degree of violent crime.” The advisory pulls no punches: “Violent crime, together with armed theft and homicide, is an issue in giant cities and vacationer areas … The supply of firearms is widespread … There’s a danger of turning into the sufferer of crossfire … keep away from visiting or travelling at night time … keep away from strolling alone … keep away from visiting remoted areas and seashores … stories of sexual assaults at vacationer resorts … Ladies travelling alone are sometimes harassed … Keep away from taking unmarked taxis as a result of danger of theft and sexual assault.”

Do you know, Sir, that the Jamaican authorities has declared a state of emergency giving safety companies enhanced powers to go looking, seize and arrest till Jan. 11 in eight parishes (communities)? It sounds moderately like our personal Emergencies Act. However we gained’t go there right now. Not when you are on trip.

The advisory lists 51 neighbourhoods in Kingston, Montego Bay, St. Catherine and South Coast to keep away from due to gang violence.

However you’ll wish to know what’s been happening in Canada. As I write this, the Walmart campers have decamped, the parents who slept of their automobiles in ditches and snowbanks bought dug out, these stranded with out meals within the Through practice close to Kingston (Ont.) have been fed, and all of the individuals who slept on the ground at Pearson and different airports, unable to get house for Christmas, have been happy, I’m positive, that you just managed to get away to the Caribbean on Boxing Day. I’m equally positive that Pierre Poilievre, being the gentleman he’s, will convey his pleasure personally once you meet in query interval.

Talking of the chief of the opposition, he is sort of a terrier who gained’t let go of a brand new bone. For Poilievre, it’s the price of dwelling. He’s promising to get rid of inflation, kind of eternally, in his first time period as prime minister. He is excellent at promoting the notion, not so good at explaining how he might do it.

You’ll be able to inform Poilievre that Tiff Macklem, the Financial institution of Canada governor he desires to fireplace, has inflation on a leash. The financial institution wrestled it down from 6.9 per cent in October to six.8 in November. In the event that they proceed on the similar heady tempo of 0.1 per cent per thirty days, they’ll have the annual price of inflation on the mat, all the way down to the financial institution’s goal of two per cent, no later than November 2026.

Relaxation assured, Prime Minister, if that dazzling information doesn’t make the terrier drop his bone, nothing will.

Your devoted admirer,

and many others., and many others.

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