CANADIAN PROGRESSIVE WORLD: Liberal Party Petition: No More Omnibus Bills, Harper

The just-concluded Parliamentary session witnessed “serious abuses of power by the Harper Conservatives” through the use of two omnibus bills “that are radically changing Canada”: crime Bill C-10 and Budget Bill C-38. Please Go HERE to sign and share the Liberal Party of Canada’s petition against this abuse of power by Harper and the Conservatives.

Politics and its Discontents: CBC Truculence: Too Little, Too Late

About a year ago, I lamented the fact that the CBC, through Peter Mansbridge, seemed to be following a policy of appeasement toward the Harper government, probably in the forlorn hope of avoiding further decimation of its funding. Quite predictably, as we learned last week, that policy has proven to be an abject failure. It ...

Impolitical: Let’s not overlook Peter MacKay today

Must read post from Dave at Galloping Beaver: “Airshow” MacKay is now well over the line. On Peter MacKay’s abuse of his position by asking military personnel to provide him with political ammunition against a member of the opposition who questioned MacKay’s personal use of military assets. Dave, with military expertise, sets out what the ...

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: It just smacks you between the eyes #nlpoli

Digging back through some old posts on Monday evening, your humble e-scribbler came across one titled “Abuse and power”. This sort of thing happens every now and then when you start skimming back through old posts:  a pattern starts to emerge out of what prompted the post in the first place.  It could be something ...

Impolitical: Cotler incident may harm Conservative case for lawful access legislation

In the wake of the Speaker’s privilege ruling yesterday, the Conservatives are saying that “there will be no more phone calls to voters in Cotler’s riding, spreading the word that he was about to step down.” Take that for whatever it’s worth from these Conservatives. Until they’re caught in the midst of the next wonderful ...

Driving The Porcelain Bus: Toronto G20 Protests – Police Officers Were Given Orders to Make Illegal Arrests

Toronto News: Man settles G20 lawsuit, claims police brass ordered false arrests – thestar.com Officers detaining Wall on June 27, 2010, told OPIRD investigators they were instructed to arrest people wearing bandanas, masks or gas masks concealing their identity. One officer said he was told to search anyone with a backpack, and if that person ...

Stevie Finally Comes To Petey MacKay’s Rescue With Standard Excuse–”Support The Troops!”

Yeah, “Support the Troops!” is Stevie Spiteful’s delayed defense of Petey MacKay’s jet setting with government jets these days– to the tune of $3 million.  So, boys ‘n’ girls, shame on you if you’re questioning Petey MacKay’s  (and I guess this would also go for questioning ol’ Walt Natynczyk’s Caribbean vacation as well) use of ...

Driving The Porcelain Bus: Toronto Police Services Board shows some spine

Toronto News: Police board refuses to promote G20 officers – thestar.comGood for the board! The Toronto police board has taken the unprecedented step of refusing to promote nine officers who were disciplined for removing their name tags during G20 demonstrations. Chief Bill Blair recommended those promotions and the civilian oversight board’s refusal to agree suggests ...

Meanwhile, Back In Utopia Democratica …

First Tunisia and now Egypt. One can only rejoice at seeing people taking their aspirations for civil rights and freedoms into their own hands, courageously claiming these justly as their undeniable birthrights as human beings and steadfastly demanding said birthrights out of the corrupt authoritarian classes that have been selfishly and mercilessly ruling their nations. ...

Can You Tell Me Where My Country Lies?

Here is the authoritarian mind in action: 1- At the request of a city Chief of police, in anticipation for an international summit in said city where peaceful protesters and demonstrators (and yes, including an inevitable small minority of idiotic individuals bent on causing trouble) are expected to be present in numbers, dust off an ...

You Know You Are Living In A Corporatocracy …

… when your elected government begs Big Business interests to help them write and/or kill bills:Back there, Transport Minister John Baird (yes – this same John Baird) was caught privately encouraging Canada’s big airlines to step up their lobby campaign in order to kill a proposed “passenger bill of right” while his predecessor, then-Transport Minister ...

The Canadian Branch Of The North American Security Surveillance State

Read it and weep, folks (emphasis added): Canada’s little-known spy agency comes out into the open At a time when most government agencies are cutting and slashing, a little-known spy agency led by a Rhodes Scholar is the envy of Ottawa for its planned billion-dollar headquarters. A rising force in the national-security apparatus, the Communications ...

Monitoring North America

In a way, it is with relief that I find I am not one of the “tinfoil hat” paranoid/conspiracy theorist crowd, yet at the same time feel dismay at being proven right yet again. Pertaining to what, you ask? Why, that Big Brother has not only arrived, but that he has been here for quite ...

Reloaded: This Is How The End Of Democracy Is Hastened

First, the mainstream/corporate media largely abdicates its raison d’être, i.e. reporting facts, the truth and keeping checks on the Powers-That-Be. Second, corporations collude with politicians not only to make policy, but to facilitate increased surveillance of citizens (typically without warrants), in addition to being accomplices in stifling free speech (including on the internet). And t…

Slouching Off Towards Tyranny – Indeed

I have an extremely busy day today and so I will not be able to write anything decent – my apologies. However, I offer to you good folks the following, which recapitulates quite succinctly what I have been writing about recently (and to my fellow Canadians: do note that this is coming along as well ...

Welcome To Your Authoritarian Corporatocratic Security Surveillance State Of North America

Behold the authoritarian mind-set in it’s awful glory (emphasis added): The Harper government is bracing for a backlash over a border security agreement it is negotiating with the United States, anticipating it will spark worries about eroding sovereignty and privacy rights, a document obtained by The Globe and Mail shows. The Department of Public Safety ...