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,
Figuring out how eagerly you will 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 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 potential of bumping into your previous household good friend, 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 non-public island in Jamaica, as far as I do know.
The dangers I confer with 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 because of the excessive stage of violent crime.” The advisory pulls no punches: “Violent crime, together with armed theft and homicide, is an issue in massive cities and vacationer areas … The provision of firearms is widespread … There’s a danger of turning into the sufferer of crossfire … keep away from visiting or travelling at evening … keep away from strolling alone … keep away from visiting remoted areas and seashores … experiences of sexual assaults at vacationer resorts … Ladies travelling alone are sometimes harassed … Keep away from taking unmarked taxis because of the danger of theft and sexual assault.”
Do you know, Sir, that the Jamaican authorities has declared a state of emergency giving safety providers enhanced powers to look, seize and arrest till Jan. 11 in eight parishes (communities)? It sounds moderately like our personal Emergencies Act. However we gained’t go there as we speak. Not while you’re 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 oldsters who slept of their automobiles in ditches and snowbanks bought dug out, these stranded with out meals within the By way of 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 residence for Christmas, had been happy, I’m certain, that you just managed to get away to the Caribbean on Boxing Day. I’m equally certain 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 residing. He’s promising to eradicate inflation, roughly endlessly, in his first time period as prime minister. He is superb at promoting the notion, not so good at explaining how he may do it.
You possibly can inform Poilievre that Tiff Macklem, the Financial institution of Canada governor he needs 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 identical heady tempo of 0.1 per cent per thirty days, they’ll have the annual charge of inflation on the mat, right 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 so on., and so on.