Politics and its Discontents: Let’s All Be Good, Quiescent Citizens, Eh?

It is no secret that this country, under the ‘leadership’ of the Harper cabal, has suffered a significant loss of democratic freedoms reflected in the abuse of and contempt for parliamentary procedure, the subversion of senate inquiries, the muzzling of civil servants, and the extollment of opacity in place of transparency (anyone made a freedom ...

Politics and its Discontents: Harper Government Finds Another Way To Stifle Dissent

Wearing a mask at an ‘unlawful’ assembly (example, spontaneous demonstration) now carries a maximum 10-year-prison term, thanks to Bill C-309, a private member’s bill sponsored by Conservative MP Blake Richards which became law today. No word yet on any bills making it unlawful for police to conceal their identities by removing badges while attending such ...

Politics and its Discontents: The Star’s Reader Reaction to Bill C-309

As promised in my previous post, I am reproducing letters from yesterday’s Star in which readers offer their own trenchant insights on the implications of the abhorrent Bill C-309: Re: Government backs bill aimed at masked protesters, May 7 This week the Harper government party threw its support behind Bill C-309 (Preventing Persons from Concealing ...