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Alberta Politics: Tories’ Senate gambit shows Harper still runs the party and the party still holds Parliament in contempt

PHOTOS: The Senate chamber, empty, as it should be. Below: Stephen Harper, apparently still the de facto leader of the Conservative Party of Canada, interim Conservative leader Rona Ambrose and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. The Conservative Opposition… . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: Tories’ Senate gambit shows Harper still runs the party and the party still holds Parliament in contempt

Montreal Simon: Three More Reasons Why Bill C-51 Should be Scrapped

There are so many good reasons why Bill C-51 should be gutted or scrapped.Starting with the main one: it would turn us into a police state.But here are three other reasons I came across today:(1) The police didn’t need any new powers to arrest and convict these pathetic wannabe terrorists.

Raed Jaser and . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Three More Reasons Why Bill C-51 Should be Scrapped

The Canadian Progressive: Amend Bill C-24 to ensure fairer and more efficient legislation: CBA

by: Canadian Bar Association | Press Release | April 30, 2014

OTTAWA — The Canadian Bar Association (CBA) says that changes are needed to Bill C-24, Strengthening Canadian Citizenship Act, and offers 20 recommendations that would improve key areas of the legislation.

The CBA welcomes the clarification of residency requirements . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: Amend Bill C-24 to ensure fairer and more efficient legislation: CBA

Toronto Lawyer | Omar Ha-Redeye, J.D. » Politics: Interview on Cyberbullying Legislation and Privacy Laws

Omar Ha-Redeye spoke to National Magazine TV on cyberbullying legislation and internet privacy.

Critics have charged that Bill C-13 aims in part to revive a whole host of lawful access provisions from Bill C-30, the controversial internet-surveillance bill that the government dropped earlier this year following a public outcry. National wrote about lawful access . . . → Read More: Toronto Lawyer | Omar Ha-Redeye, J.D. » Politics: Interview on Cyberbullying Legislation and Privacy Laws

Bill Longstaff: Inequality of Canadian justice bothers Bar

I recently read the Canadian Bar Association report Reaching Equal Justice (I ran out of mysteries) and was surprised at the strength of the language. A sampling of the phrases describing justice in Canada today includes, “abysmal state of access to justice” and “huge discrepancies between the promise of justice and the lived reality.”

Some . . . → Read More: Bill Longstaff: Inequality of Canadian justice bothers Bar

Alberta Diary: There is a God: Merit Contractors, advocates of Bill C-377, would be caught in its web

Tory MP wonders about Bill C-377: “Is anybody really interested in breaching Sally the Receptionist’s privacy because she earns 40k answering the phones at the Union Hiring Hall?” Below: Stephen Kushner.

Surely it is one of life’s little ironies that among the groups certain to be caught in the web of Bill C-377, . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: There is a God: Merit Contractors, advocates of Bill C-377, would be caught in its web

Alberta Diary: MP Russ Hiebert’s anti-union campaign: is Bill C-377 another Tory ‘own-goal’?

Unidentified Conservative Party Member of Parliament contemplates B.C. Tory MP Russ Hiebert’s “own goal.” Strangely, actual Harper Government MPs may not appear exactly as illustrated. Below: Mr. Hiebert.

What are Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s boon companions in the courts, fern-encrusted law offices, plush executive suites of provincial medical associations and anti-union construction associations . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: MP Russ Hiebert’s anti-union campaign: is Bill C-377 another Tory ‘own-goal’?

Impolitical: Nicholson on a Toews appointment

Justice Minister Rob Nicholson was attending the Canadian Bar Association meeting yesterday in Vancouver and he was asked a hot button question given rumours about Public Safety Minister Vic Toews possibly retiring for a judicial appointment. This Globe headline captures Nicholson’s non-answer: “Politicians should not be ruled out for judicial appointments: Justice Minister.” He answered . . . → Read More: Impolitical: Nicholson on a Toews appointment

Canadian Progressive World: The day Canada’s white supremacists saluted Stephen Harper

So far, Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s ideology-inspired of project of social and political engineering expresses itself most eloquently as the Conservatives’ egregious assault on civil liberties, the metamorphosis of Canada into a petro-state, and militarization of both Canadian society and foreign policy. We’re yet to acknowledge how this project oppresses the “other” while empowering utopian . . . → Read More: Canadian Progressive World: The day Canada’s white supremacists saluted Stephen Harper