by: Obert Madondo | April 12, 2014
This week Canada’s two main opposition parties declared war on the Conservatives’ Orwellian Fair Elections Act. One that could bring down Harper during the 2015 federal election.
While falling short of declaring the Fair Elections Act an election issue for 2015, both the Official Opposition and third-placed Liberals are vowing to stand up for our right to vote.
NDP Leader Tom Mulcair says the focus of next election will be the ‘Fair Elections Act’. He wants Bill C-23 overhauled.
“We’re going to do everything we can to stop this thing,” Mulcair told delegates in (Read more…)
Well there he was in Ukraine, posing as a champion of democracy, in relentless pursuit of the ethnic vote.Or a Great Warrior Leader.Blasting Con propaganda out of every orifice.Or a dangerous chicken hawk. Read more »
Well it's lucky he is in Ukraine challenging Vladimir Putin to come and fight him. Or doing whatever he can to inflame the situation and win the ethnic vote.Because if he was in Canada, he'd be lying on the canvas after being pounded by the Supreme Court.Read more »
Ever since he came to power he has been stealthily gnawing away at the fabric of our country.Waiting until we are asleep, or distracted, to gobble up another little bleeding chunk of what was once Canada.But what Stephen Harper has done in just the last week, is now threatening to kill our democracy.Read more »
The latest chapter in the ongoing shameful political drama starring Toronto Mayor Rob Ford offers a glimpse into Canada’s broken democracy.
The post Toronto Mayor Rob Ford offers glimpse into Canada’s broken democracy appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.
It's hard to decide which Con clown is more pathetic. The one on his way to the funeral of Nelson Mandela. The man he once called a terrorist who should be kept in prison, or hanged.Or the one waddling down the street at a Santa Claus parade throwing candy canes to children.As their parents tried to shield some of them from his ghastly sight.But what is only too obvious is the damage both are doing to Canada's reputation. Read more »
Well it's not exactly the French Revolution eh? But this being Canada it's probably the closest we can get to one. Michael Chong has presented his Reform Act that would shake up our Parliament to its very foundations. Conservative MP Michael Chong today tabled the proposed reform act, a private member's bill intended to restore a system of checks and balances that would shift some power away from party leaders towards members of Parliament and their party caucuses.And trim the power of would be dictators like Stephen Harper.Read more »
But true nonetheless:
You can read more about our perilous state here. Recommend this Post
On this Canada Day, I could write about all of the reasons I am very thankful for having been born and raised in this country. Instead, I will ask whoever reads this to check out The Star’s Tim Hapur, who has a very sound suggestion on how we can best honour and work to restore our great legacy.
Perhaps if enough of us act on his words, we can once more become the country of great promise we used to be. Recommend this Post
The Federal Court ruling states that “there was an orchestrated effort to suppress votes during the 2011 election campaign by a person with access to the [Conservative Party’s] CIMS database.” An attack on Canadian democracy.
The post Robocalls: Fed Court’s Election Fraud Finding Implicates Conservatives appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.
By Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive, Feb. 14, 2013: Showing their burgeoning disdain for accountability, transparency, financial oversight and the independence of federal watchdogs, the Harper Conservatives earlier this week nuked a progressive NDP motion on the role of the Parliamentary Budget Office (PBO). The motion, tabled by the Official Opposition’s Finance critic, Peggy Nash, sought to extend the mandate READ MORE
If Brazeau stays on as an independent Senator, he’ll cost Canadian taxpayers at lease $7-million by the time he retires approximately 37 years from today. By Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive, Feb. 8, 2013: Conservative Sen. Patrick Brazeau’s charges of assault and sexual assault offer Prime Minister Stephen Harper the opportunity to do the right thing concerning his much-touted READ MORE
Canada’s Parliamentary budget officer Kevin Page has had enough of the Harper government’s lack of accountability and transparency, highlighted by it’s refusal to comply with his repeated requests for information on the $5.2 billion in fiscal… . . . → Read More: Canadian ProgressiveCanadian Progressive: Canada’s PBO Kevin Page Takes Harper Conservative Government To Court
Canada’s petro-Prime Minister, Stephen Harper, is about to sell the soul of Canadian democracy to the Chinese. His Conservative majority government is about to sign the so-called Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection Act (FIPA) with China…. . . . → Read More: Canadian ProgressiveCanadian Progressive: Stop PM Harper’s FIPA Sell Out Of Canadian Democracy: PETITION
Make no mistake about it: Canada’s Parliamentary Budget Officer (PBO) is on a mission to save the soul of Canadian democracy. Kevin Page is proceeding with his earlier threat to sue the Harper Government for its refusal to comply with his repeated requests for financial information relating to the 2012 federal budget, which Parliament passed [...]
Don Lenihan has a must-read column up today, on how centralization of power to the Prime Minister’s office over the past several decades has atrophied the connection Canadians — especially youth — had with our government, and what he believes this could mean for Canada’s system of democracy:
In the early 1970s, the Trudeau government adopted a new generation of governance tools to make it more effective in the modern-day world. The approach involved rigorous new management practices, and the formation of complex plans — “strategies” — which the prime minister would push forward, using the power of his office.
. . . → Read More: bastard.logic: Has Centralization of Power to the PMO Put Canadian Democracy on Life Support?
There are some major problems with the #DenounceHarper hashtag on twitter. It has been trending on twitter for the last day or so and, for all intents and purposes, it has been quite a silly affair. First of all, there have been complaints surrounding Mr. Harper’s Conservatives only winning 39% of the vote and landing [...]
Below is a brief message to Canadians and other progressives around the world from Canada’s biggest progressive citizen’s organization. Founded in 1985, the Council of Canadians has members and chapters across Canada. It works “to protect Canadian independence by promoting progressive policies on fair trade, clean water, energy security, public health care, and other issues of social and economic concern to Canadians. The Council does not accept money from corporations or governments, and is sustained entirely by the volunteer energy and financial assistance of its members.
Today is a day to celebrate this truly magnificent country of
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It’s the eve of the House of Commons vote on Harper’s draconian budget Bill C-38. Earlier today, the Conservatives moved to shut down debate on the legislation. NDP House Leader Nathan Cullen (pictured) promises to make the Conservatives “feel a little pain” for the arrogance and deliberate assault on parliamentary process. Canadians – from First Nations Chiefs to ordinary citizens to pundits to activists – are determined to kill Bill C-38 and save Canadian democracy.
[View the story "Budget Bill C-38: Canadians Step Up Fight Against Harper" on Storify]
Welcome to Harper v. Canada, a new column that digs deep to understand Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s current war against our democratic institutions, freedoms and dissent. The column uses two approaches to unravel Harper’s phony commitment to making Canada “the best country in the world: a) exhaustive excavation of Harper’s controversial past to reveal teachable milestones and b) opinion and analysis that tries to understand Harper’s current and future motivations.
Some preliminary highlights:
During a meeting in Montreal in 1997, Harper declared his unequivocal support for US conservatives, whom he told: “… your country, and particularly your conservative movement, is . . . → Read More: CANADIAN PROGRESSIVE WORLD: Harper v. Canada: Understanding Stephen Harper’s War Against Canada
MEDIA RELEASE OTTAWA, May 6, 2012 – Today marks the 53rd day of my indefinite hunger strike against Canada’s new draconian crime law, the deceptively christened “Safe Streets and Communities Act”, formerly omnibus crime Bill C10. My name is Obert … Continue reading →
Friends of Obert are pleased to announce the petition for Obert Madondo’s ongoing crime Bill C10 hunger strike. Hosted on Change.org, the petition is titled: PM Harper, Parliament of Canada: Fulfill Obert’s Bill C10 hunger strike demands NOW! Your support … Continue reading →
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Ottawa, March 19, 2012 – At 12:01am on Wednesday, March 14, Ottawa-based activist and progressive blogger, Obert Madondo, started an indefinite hunger strike whose key demand is that the Parliament of Canada … Continue reading →
Starting at 12:01am today, I embarked on an indefinite hunger strike to demand that Canada’s new Safe Streets and Communities Act (omnibus crime Bill C-10) be immediately repealed. Earlier, I had appealed to the Governor …Read More