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Politics and its Discontents: A Tale Of Two Canadas

That is the title of a very interesting piece by Michael Valpy in today’s Star that is well-worth reading. His thesis offers something of a challenge to a post I put up the other day talking about the fact that our core values as Canadians managed to s… . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: A Tale Of Two Canadas

The Canadian Progressive: David Suzuki: Environmentalists expect a renewed relationship with Trudeau government

Persecuted during Harper’s divisive politics, Canada’s environmentalists look forward to a renewed relationship with the Justin Trudeau federal government, says David Suzuki.

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Politics and its Discontents: The Fragile Flower

The majority of Canadians are currently basking in the promise the new government holds, the promise of openness, transparency, accountability and progressivity, all notably absent from the enshrouded regime of the outgoing dictator. But while we all deserve to feel deep relief from the collective burden the country has borne for the last decade, I think it is also important to understand that this feeling of liberation will likely be quite ephemeral. The real work of democratic restoration has just begun.

Writing shortly before our election, John Izzo offers this view: Unless the electorate is involved AFTER the election, the (Read more…)

The Canadian Progressive: Harper to blame for Elections Canada’s awful voter registration mess

Elections Canada has made an awful mess of voter registration for the 2015 federal election. It’s a mess that recalls bad memories of the 2011 robocall scandal. Stephen Harper is partly to blame.

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The Canadian Progressive: Voter justice denied as Fair Elections Act legal challenge is delayed

Canadians’ legal challenge to the Harper government’s “anti-democratic” Fair Elections Act won’t be heard until after the 2015 federal elections. Voter justice denied.

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The Canadian Progressive: RCMP officer to Bill C-51 protester: “You could be branded a terrorist” [VIDEO]

During the May 30 protest against Harper’s Bill C-51 in Ottawa, a candid camera caught an RCMP officer saying a Canadian protester “could be branded a terrorist”.

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The Canadian Progressive: Harper’s the muzzling of Canada’s federal scientists assailed

This week, Canada’s three major public sector unions protested the Harper government’s continuing muzzling of the country’s federal scientists.

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The Canadian Progressive: Rights groups demand unconditional dismissal of Bill C-51

More than 100 rights organizations and prominent individuals have signed a letter demanding the immediate and unconditional dismissal of Harper’s police state Bill C-51.

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The Canadian Progressive: Brigette DePape and the youth insurgency against Harper

Why game-changing activist Brigette DePape’s Get Out the Youth Vote tour is a much-needed youth democratic insurgency against Stephen Harper.

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The Disaffected Lib: New Contest. Spot the Progressive!

I’ll bet you’ve got inside yourself some sense of progress, progressive, progressivism.  Even bad people have a little.

The question today is whether progressivism remains a real construct in Canadian politics.  Have our political parties become so neoliberal as to eradicate progressivism?

Let’s take a look at some of the major problems of the day.  You think of how a progressive would respond.  Then compare that of any of the three main parties seeking power today.

What about an easy one, Palestine?  How would a progressive respond to that volatile and worsening problem?  How would Harper, Trudeau and Mulcair respond? (Read more…)

The Canadian Progressive: Ralph Nader: What’s Happening to Canada? Open letter to Stephen Harper

Ralph Nader tells Stephen Harper, “You talk like George W. Bush,” warns that the Conservatives’ anti-terror Bill C-51 would harm Canadian democracy.

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Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper and the Monstrous Legacy of the Con Regime

It will probably be years after Stephen Harper and his monstrous Con regime are finally driven from office, before we will be able to total up the damage they have done to this country.And it will take me a couple of days to go through the more than 400 posts I have written this year chronicling their crimes against Canada, to try to decide which of those crimes deserve the longest prison sentences. But this is a pretty good list of some of their most ghastly moments in the grim darkness of Harperland in the year 2014. Read more »

Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper and the By-election Message Progressives Cannot Ignore

You'd think Stephen Harper would have been cheered by his two by-election victories in Ontario and Alberta.But he wasn't. In the Commons yesterday he was tense and irritable.And with good reason. For when you examine the results closely you can see that hidden in them are the seeds of his own destruction.Read more »

Montreal Simon: The Assault on Democracy: When Fear is the Enemy

It was for me strangely enough, the most terrifying moment of a nightmarish day. Standing in a crowded subway station, waiting for a train to take me home, watching the fear on people's faces.It was only a few hours after most of them must have heard about, or seen what had happened on Parliament Hill.So I can understand why they were so deathly quiet. Many were probably still stunned by what they had seen. Or the idea that it could happen here. Read more »

Montreal Simon: The Con Speaker and the Death of Parliament

For years Stephen Harper and his Cons have been slowly killing our Parliament.They have have debased it, they have rendered it impotent. They have reduced it to a scripted horror show, where every question is answered with an attack on the opposition.But yesterday with their ghastly leader out of the country they practically finished it off.Read more »

The Canadian Progressive: Germany to reject Conservatives’ Canada-EU free trade deal

A victory for Canadian democracy as Germany rejects the Harper Conservatives’ reviled multi-billion dollar Canada-EU free trade deal.

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The Canadian Progressive: Global legal group condemns Harper for attack on Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin

Geneva-based International Commission of Jurists condemns Prime Minister Stephen Harper for his recent dictatorship-style attack on Supreme Court of Canada Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin.

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The Canadian Progressive: NDP MP Craig Scott proposes an “adapted-for-Canada” system of proportional representation

NDP MP Craig Scott proposes an “adapted-for-Canada” system of proportional representation as a route to parliamentary reform and democratic renewal.

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The Canadian Progressive: Senate must fix Harper’s Orwellian Fair Elections Act: Petition

by: Obert Madondo | May 16, 2014

The Harper Conservatives used their majority in the House of Commons to bulldoze their dictatorship-style “Fair Elections Act” earlier this week. The bill is now back in the Conservative-dominated Senate where it’s certain to pass.

Canadians and their democracy-loving allies aren’t giving up the fight. Through an online petition hosted on AVAAZ, they’re asking the Senate to protect Canadian democracy from Stephen Harper’s plan to steal the 2015 federal election through the Orwellian piece of legislation, also know as Bill C-23.

The petitioners insists that “there are still awful provisions in there that will disenfranchise (Read more…)

The Canadian Progressive: Harper’s Attack on Supreme Court Chief Justice McLachlin Unacceptable

Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s attack on Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin is an attack on Canadians and Canadian democracy. It’s unacceptable.

by: Obert Madondo | May 4, 2014

Prime Minister Stephen Harper is so desperate for political capital he’s willing to publicly smear the Supreme Court of Canada and its Chief Justice, Beverley McLachlin.

Speaking to reporters in London, Ont., on Friday, Harper accused McLachlin of acting inappropriately last July when she advised his office concerning his appointment of Marc Nadon as the Quebec representative on the Supreme Court.

To be clear, there was communication between the chief justice’s office (Read more…)

The Canadian Progressive: Fair Elections Act could sink Stephen Harper and Conservatives in 2015

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…)

Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper’s Absurd And Hypocritical Ukraine Expedition

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 »

Montreal Simon: The Day Stephen Harper Was Pounded By the Supreme Court

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 »

Montreal Simon: The Week Stephen Harper’s Cons Raped Our Democracy

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 Canadian Progressive: Toronto Mayor Rob Ford offers glimpse into Canada’s broken democracy

The latest chapter in the ongoing shameful political drama starring Toronto Mayor Rob Ford offers a glimpse into Canada’s broken democracy.

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