Time for real answers on the Nova Scotia mass murder

Paul Wells: A full judicial inquiry into the April shooting is now essential. It must be robust, with real power to get to the truth.

Excepted from Paul Wells’ Macleans article June 20,2020

Everyone agrees! From Nova Scotia premier Stephen McNeil to the latest embattled RCMP commissioner to three Trudeau-appointed Nova Scotia senators to anguished families of the murdered to, I mean sort of, the Prime Minister. But so far there is no inquiry.

What we are used to seeing from this Prime Minister is Liberal MPs on the Justice committee enforcing a coverup in the SNC-Lavalin affair. We are used to the ethics commissioner reporting that nine witnesses with material information were forbidden from testifying by the Privy Council Office. We are used to this Prime Minister responding to the Nova Scotia killings by trying to tell reporters what they could and couldn’t report. We are used to a Prime Minister who has replaced Question Period in the House of Commons with daily briefings to reporters whose tone is deferential, who are limited to a single follow-up per question, and who don’t get to speak until Trudeau has announced the latest injection of dozens of millions of dollars into the national mood. Canadians see this Prime Minister, and they are used to watching him be the only person in a crowd who thinks he is answering a question.

That’s not good enough now. It’s time for a real inquiry with real powers to provide real answers to a slaughter whose central figure’s ties to the federal police force that took two days to stop him are in question. Now, please.


Updated from original post of August 18,2017

The Donald & The Bill confer on the next decorative acquisition.

 The Re-Decorating of the White House

At the White House on 1600 Pennsylvania Ave, Donald Trump and his family found themselves surrounded by a collection of museum-quality paintings, exquisite furniture and historic fixtures.

Trump — known for his love of grandeur and over-the-top living conditions and awakening appreciation of U.S. history– decided to change and update the residence while at the same time preserving the collection of Confederate monuments and statues that are flooding the market. As an added decor punch his private collection of flags festoon the halls of the White House. When asked about the provenance of the flags the President responded that they were all previously owned by “some very fine people.”

President Trump seen with Stephan Miller , key advisor to the redecoration project.

Most of the changes occured on the second and third floors of the mansion; the Lincoln Room and the Yellow Oval Room were to remain off-limits which prompted Trump to wryly note, “Not if I can help it.”

Taking advantage of his exclusive rights to make artistic use of the high-tech, light-reflecting paint Alt Right Bright White, President Donald J Trump gave instructions to cover over time, the entire surface of all the paintings in the White House . The result,is an ever quickening reminder to all citizens and guests what an enduring tradition the Power of White has had for the world’s Greatest Democracy. The Donald acknowledges this artistic program to Make America Bright White Again is a far cry from what citizens and tourists have come to love however he was swept in on a change vote and “change it’s gonna be.”

Jared & Ivanka install the first of the Alt Right Bright White paintings

Trump will not work with a White House curator. “To ensure the previously tainted taste of the Alt Left does not continue to contaminate the people’s house; under my guidance the suppressed history and culture of these white men, many with their pet horses will be preserved because I know history bigly, museum collecting terrifically and I am on the Alt Right side of history.”

“ The White House is a special place, and the availably of the Confederate monuments and my flag collection demand a revisionist revamp of the people’s house. History cannot be denied.” Trump said emphatically.

VP Pense applauds every decor decision The Donald has made.

Of the many pieces of art traditionally associated with the White House: the famous portrait of George Washington painted by Gilbert Stuart in 1797, and later saved by first lady Dolley Madison as British soldiers approached the nation’s capital and burned it to the ground.

John F Kelly was helpful with the new decor before he left.

In a move applauded by “some very fine people” Trump has announced that a larger portrait of General Robert E. Lee will be placed next to the George Washington portrait.

The Donald explains why the Robert E Lee painting must be larger than the George Washington
Court Painter in front of what he describes as a very distasteful commission.


In what can only be described as a bombshell fashion statement, President Donald Trump woke up this morning sporting a fulsome moustache. He called for Court Painter to immediately create portraits of the phenomenon for posterity. He also ordered the White house doctor to investigate.

That’s all we can say right now!

Now is a great time…

Now is a great time to be building a pipeline because you can’t have protests of more than 15 people,” Alberta Energy Minister Sonya Savage said.

Now is a great time for the United Conservative governing party to cancel blanket environmental protections that have been in place since the 1970s and making it easier to develop open-pit coal mines in some of the province’s most ecologically sensitive areas.

Now is a great time for the United Conservative Party MLAs to not show up to engage with any of the major Black Lives Matter demonstrations.

Now is a great time for UCP Justice Minister to bring in changes to the Victims of Crime Act that will allow raiding the Victims of Crime Fund and divert that money to police budgets.

Now is a great time for the UCP to seek to duplicate the parole board, creating one controlled by the Alberta government that will keep more people in prison.

Now is a great time for the UCP to push for more RCMP policing in rural communities, but not fund it–forcing those communities to cut their own program spending to pay for more cops.

Now is a great time for‘Bill 1,’ the Critical Infrastructure Defence Act. the draconian anti-protestor bill that, had it been in effect weeks ago, would have criminalized the Black Lives Matter marches in Calgary. It is seen as an unconstitutional attack on civil rights and radically targeted against Indigenous people.

Now is a great time for the UCP to purge the entire committee which vets provincial court judges and stack it with UCP donors and party insiders saddling the judiciary with partisan appointments that will last for decades.

Now is a great time for the UCP government to sell native grassland despite promises no Crown land would be sold

Now is a great time for the Alberta Energy Regulator to suspend environmental monitoring for the oilpatch and include suspensions for open-pit oilsands mines and all oil and gas operators.

Various media sources

something’s different…

Canadians seemed puzzled by a change they perceive in their Prime Minister in the months since the advent of the pandemic.

Citizens & pundits alike seem unable to pinpoint exactly what it is however they agree something’s going on …but remain flummoxed!

Court Painter has whipped off some paintings that contain clues…

definition struggle…

When asked if there is systemic racism in policing in Canada, RCMP Commissioner Brenda Lucki said she believes there is “unconscious bias.”

“That is an interesting question because in the last couple of days I have honestly heard about 15 or 20 definitions of systemic racism,” she said.

To help RCMP Commissioner Brenda Lucki with her struggle to find a definition for systemic racism, Court Painter respectfully suggests a recent video by Pam Palmater, summarizing the years of exhaustive reports and studies that would prove very helpful in that elusive search for the definition of systemic racism.

Goon out…

Urban Dictionary :Goon out: To become in the state of mind as a goon or thug and violently thrash someone 

RCMP dashcam footage of the March arrest of Athabasca Fort Chipewyan First Nation Chief Allan Adam showed an arriving officer jump-tackling the chief to the ground without warning, punching him in the head and putting him in a chokehold.

Blinkers sometimes known as blinders…

Blinkers, sometimes known as blinders, are a piece of horse tack that prevent the horse seeing to the rear and, in some cases, to the side. Deputy Commissioner Curtis Zablocki is seen modelling just a few of the Blinkers/Blinders available to RCMP personnel.

The RCMP’s commanding officer in Alberta denies there is systemic racism in policing in Canada, amid allegations his members used excessive force against an Indigenous chief during an arrest.  

“I don’t believe that racism is systemic through Canadian policing, I don’t believe it’s systemic through policing in Alberta,” Deputy Commissioner Curtis Zablocki told a news conference in Edmonton on Monday, when asked about unfolding protests in the United States over the death of George Floyd, and debates over police violence around the world. 

RCMP Deputy Commissioner Curtis Zablocki’s comments come just a day after Alberta’s Serious Incident Response Team announced it would investigate claims of racism and police brutality brought forward by Athabasca Chipewyan Chief Allan Adam.

Source: Carolyn Dunn CBC 

Court Painter with portrait of Chipewyan Chief Allan Adam

21 second portrait…

Court Painter is always restless…looking for new ways to challenge his plenitudinous conceptual predilections.

Court Painter seen putting his brush to rest after completing a frenetic 21 second portrait of the PM

Eureka! A special display of the 21 second portrait of the Prime Minister came with instructions: the curtains would open for 21 seconds every 21 minutes for 21 hours per day during the 21 day exhibition period.

Many politicians, celebrities and ordinary hard working Canadians lined up to experience whatever this was…

Andrew Scheer is seen pointing to make his point.

Jagmeet Singh appears disappointed his 21 seconds are up!

A former Prime Minister also came by to catch his 21 seconds before the curtains closed!

Two unidentified celebrities seemed very pleased with the 21 second experience.
Ordinary hard working visitors viewed the final reveal of the day as 2100 hours approached.