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ParliamANT Hill: PM’s Tour Ends With Chinese Reporter Being Hauled Away By RCMP

Inspired by this headline: http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2013/08/23/harper-tour-chinese-reporter_n_3806307.html?1377288176&ncid=edlinkusaolp00000008

The Ranting Canadian: Jim Flaherty, the most incompetent finance minister in Canadian…

Jim Flaherty, the most incompetent finance minister in Canadian history, released his pathetic 2013 budget on March 21 and almost immediately snuck off to Hong Kong, en route to Thailand. He only stopped in Vancouver along the way – to give a scripted speech to an exclusive audience of Conservative-friendly corporate insiders. He won’t be back in parliament until at least the middle of April.

Very suspicious.

Flaherty understood that his piece-of-crap budget of cooked-up dollar figures and phony economic projections was indefensible, so he did what any coward would do: run away. That was no surprise. What is

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The Ranting Canadian: Rex Murphy is a high-paid troll with an extensive…

Rex Murphy is a high-paid troll with an extensive vocabulary.

Murphy’s latest predictable, propagandizing public love letter to perpetual politician Stephen Harper is simply sickening to anyone who has been paying attention to what the HarperCons have been doing to their country. The snobby, elitist, preachy pundit must genuinely believe that regular Canadians are uninformed idiots who need to be patted on their heads, shushed and dismissed.

The sly sycophant has been openly and obviously fishing for a Conservative senate seat for years. Now he doesn’t even try to hide it. Murphy clearly wants to join his fellow retired Conservative

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The Ranting Canadian: Take a look at the Canadian Centre for Investigative Reporting…

Take a look at the Canadian Centre for Investigative Reporting (CCIR). It’s a very important non-profit organization that organizes and promotes investigative journalism in Canada and far beyond.

Groups like this — and the reporters who are affiliated with them — are desperately needed in this era of corporate media super-concentration and the lazy, fluffy, dishonest, plagarized, biased and cheap content that is too often thrust upon news readers, viewers and listeners under the guise of journalism.

The CCIR is providing a valuable service and deserves to be acknowledged and supported.

http://canadiancentreinvestigates.org/

CANADIAN PROGRESSIVE WORLD: Until Friday the 13th to become a rabble.ca member

I believe in independent and progressive Canadian journalism. The kind that’s free from corporate control and manipulation. I believe wholeheartedly. So do you. Let’s go Rabble then.

This just received from rabble.ca, via email:

“rabble’s annual membership campaign is coming to an end – extended to Friday this week. Sign up to support rabble at $5/month by Friday and you not only help us reach our goal of 500 new members: you get a free one year subscription to your choice of fabulous print magazines! And yup, that’s right, the deadline for this offer is Friday the 13th,

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Politics and its Discontents: The Harper Government: Abuses Of A Nixonian Character

That is the description that Lawrence Martin applies to the Harper government in his latest column for iPolitics as he reflects on the vital and valiant role journalism played in uncovering the Watergate Scandal 40 years ago.

However, while acknowledging some bright spots, Martin laments the unevenness of the contemporary Canadian journalistic landscape in holding the Harper regime to account. Especially interesting is that while lauding some efforts, he withholds any praise from his own employer, The Globe and Mail, which will not come as a surprise to those who see it as little more than an apologist for a