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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 is perhaps that realization that produced some ‘fire in the belly’ of last night’s At Issues panel, which saw pretty much a uniform condemnation of the Harper regime over its gross and intentional misrepresentation of the true cost of the F-35 jet procurement

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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 military should have properly done in response to a MacKay request and what should happen now.

Favourite line from the internal military email train: “Great work by Sqn Ops staff on such short notice…just to give you a taste of life in Ottawa!!

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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 you saw before and were conscious of at the time.  Or it could be some old issue that looked like a one-off at the time but instead turns out to be linked to other events or issues.

The thing is almost

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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 iteration of their permanent campaign.

So while this despicable little incident may be over, for the time being, one important point to keep in mind is that they’ve arguably harmed their case with the lawful access legislation that will be brought before Parliament in

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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 refused, he or she could be arrested for obstructing police.

Davin Charney, Wall’s lawyer, said the report shows the many unlawful arrests of that weekend were not just the result of a few bad apples or overreaction from front-line officers. “The orders must have

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) . . . → Read More: Stevie Finally Comes To Petey MacKay’s Rescue With Standard Excuse–”Support The Troops!” . . . → Read More: Stevie Finally Comes To Petey MacKay’s Rescue With Standard Excuse–”Support The Troops!”

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 b… . . . → Read More: Driving The Porcelain Bus: Toronto Police Services Board shows some spine

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 demandin… . . . → Read More: Meanwhile, Back In Utopia Democratica …

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 ind… . . . → Read More: Can You Tell Me Where My Country Lies?

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 Lawrence Cannon, publicly supported s… . . . → Read More: You Know You Are Living In A Corporatocracy …

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 pla… . . . → Read More: The Canadian Branch Of The North American Security Surveillance State

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 a while at that. Case in point, today’s expansive article in the Washington Post by Dana Priest and William M… . . . → Read More: Monitoring North America

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 su… . . . → Read More: Reloaded: This Is How The End Of Democracy Is Hastened

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 Cana… . . . → Read More: Slouching Off Towards Tyranny – Indeed

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 soverei… . . . → Read More: Welcome To Your Authoritarian Corporatocratic Security Surveillance State Of North America