January 10, 2017: Looking Back

Last week, Kurdish forces announced a Canadian, Nazzareno Tassone, died fighting ISIS in Syria. Originally from Keswick, Ont., Tassone studied at a Catholic high school in Niagara Falls and had wanted to join the Canadian military. The 23-year-old is the second Canadian volunteer fighter to die in the fight against ISIS, while fighting with a secretive unit of all-Western fighters (the 223) who are frustrated over the West’s limited military response to the Syrian conflict. Kurdish forces called him a hero and martyr. Canada will always be grateful for Tassone’s service and ultimate sacrifice. We sincerely hope that the Canadian government will be able to recover his body, so that his family is able to have a funeral.  

True North’s Senior Fellow, Candice Malcolm, and her Toronto Sun colleague Anthony Furey, were first to report on the shocking findings of Canada’s long-term economic forecast. With two days before Christmas, the finance department quietly released an update on long-term economic and fiscal projections. The forecast projected that by 2045, the government will have $1.5 trillion in federal debt. Two years ago, when the last long-term economic forecast was released under the Harper government, Canada was projected to have a $760 billion surplus in 2045. Thanks to Justin Trudeau and his reckless spending, Canada will run deficits year after year – and Canadians will have to pay for it.