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Cowichan Conversations: You should be worried about Canada’s Anti-terrorism Act

Canadians observing the recent election in the USA should not become complacent over the threats to our securities and freedoms.

Our Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is showing arrogance and disregard for our freedom through

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The Canadian Progressive: NDP MP Randall Garrison introduces bill to repeal Bill C-51

Randall Garrison’s Bill C-303 seeks to repeal the Harper-era “secret police” legislation, Bill C-51 or Anti-terrorism Act, 2015. Experts and rights groups say C-51 violates the Canadians Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

The post NDP MP Randall Garrison introduces bill to repeal Bill C-51 appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

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The Canadian Progressive: Anonymous threatens to reveal “real reason” John Baird jumped the Conservatives’ sinking ship

The hacktivist collective Anonymous is threatening to release decrypted text messages revealing the “real reason” former Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird abruptly resigned as both a senior government minister and elected MP earlier this year.

The post Anonymous threatens to reveal “real reason” John Baird jumped the Conservatives’ sinking ship appeared first on The Canadian . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: Anonymous threatens to reveal “real reason” John Baird jumped the Conservatives’ sinking ship

The Canadian Progressive: Anonymous “now privy to many of Stephen Harper’s most cherished secrets”

Anonymous has started releasing high-level documents retrieved from secure Harper government computers as retaliation for the RCMP’s recent murder of a protester in British Columbia.

The post Anonymous “now privy to many of Stephen Harper’s most cherished secrets” appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

Alberta Politics: MP Wai Young’s lines were flubbed, but nevertheless they sound like a cynical Harper Government talking point

PHOTOS: The Cone of Silence – it just doesn’t work for anyone any more. Below: Conservative MP Wai Young, Conservative PM Stephen Harper and Jesus, whose position on Canadian politics is unknown. It seems likely Vancouver South MP Wai Young fumbled a cynical Harper Government talking point when she claimed last month that Air India . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: MP Wai Young’s lines were flubbed, but nevertheless they sound like a cynical Harper Government talking point

The Canadian Progressive: Harper’s new terror laws must respect Canadians’ fundamental rights: watchdogs

Canada’s provincial and federal privacy commissioners are warning the Harper government against using the recent shootings in Ottawa and Quebec as a pretext to attack Canadians’ fundamental rights.

The post Harper’s new terror laws must respect Canadians’ fundamental rights: watchdogs appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

The Canadian Progressive: Harper’s Online Surveillance Bill C‐13 Reveals “Canada’s Growing Privacy Deficit”

by: Obert Madondo | June 8, 2014

Canada’s privacy experts are gravely concerned about Bill C-13, the Conservatives’ Orwellian cybercrime bill, deceptively named “Protecting Canadians from Online Crime Act“.

Last week, over 30 of them expressed their concern in a scathing letter addressed to Prime Minister Stephen Harper. The signatories also told Harper that, Daniel . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: Harper’s Online Surveillance Bill C‐13 Reveals “Canada’s Growing Privacy Deficit”

Alberta Diary: Still hoping for a ‘deal’ with AUPE, Alberta Deputy Premier Dave Hancock has a Seinfeld moment

Deputy Premier Dave Hancock holds forth in the Legislature this morning as a few bored reporters half-heartedly listen. Below: Comedian Jerry Seinfeld, who could have written Mr. Hancock’s script; former Reform Party and now former SIRC chair Chuck Strahl.

With nothing to report in “negotiations” between the government of Alberta and the Alberta . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: Still hoping for a ‘deal’ with AUPE, Alberta Deputy Premier Dave Hancock has a Seinfeld moment

Alberta Diary: Former federal Tory Chuck Strahl’s lobbying activities break no laws, but highlight a problem

Lobbyists gather in the lobby of the House of Commons at Westminster. Below: Politician turned lobbyist Chuck Strahl, B.C. Lobbying Commissioner Elizabeth Denham.

Notwithstanding his classification as a Designated Public Office Holder under the federal Lobbying Act, former Reform Party, Canadian Alliance and Conservative office holder Chuck Strahl is breaking no laws or . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: Former federal Tory Chuck Strahl’s lobbying activities break no laws, but highlight a problem

Alberta Diary: Caught in an apparent conflict like Chuck Strahl? No problem! Just double down!

Manning Centre-Security Intelligence Review Committee Chair and Enbridge lobbyist Chuck Strahl. Below: Former would-be Reform Party prime minister Preston Manning; Reform Party prime minister in waiting Jason Kenney. All these slightly out-of-focus profile shots were taken by your blogger during his infiltration of the 2013 Manning Centre conference in Ottawa.

When people at . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: Caught in an apparent conflict like Chuck Strahl? No problem! Just double down!

Alberta Diary: The Doctor of Panama: a strange tale of Harperite politics and national security

Positive vetting? Where’s George Smiley when you really need him? Not in Canada, by the sound of it. Below: Dr. Arthur Porter with his former pal Prime Minister Stephen Harper (Globe and Mail photo).

It’s almost bizarre, and almost certainly driven by political expediency, that no one seems to have so much as . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: The Doctor of Panama: a strange tale of Harperite politics and national security

Alberta Diary: Is Chuck Strahl’s dual role on the Manning Centre and security committee appropriate?

Chuck Strahl listens to a participant in the Manning Centre conference in Ottawa in March. Below: Manning Centre founder and figurehead, Preston Manning.

Should Chuck Strahl be able to serve simultaneously on the board of the Manning Centre for Building Democracy, a partisan political organization tied to the ruling Conservative Party of Prime . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: Is Chuck Strahl’s dual role on the Manning Centre and security committee appropriate?

The Canadian Progressive: Canadian activist says Harper is wrong about Iran, gets CSIS visit

By Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive, Feb. 22, 2013: In January, 2012, outspoken labour and anti-racism activist, Ken Stone argued that “Harper is Wrong in Demonizing Iran” in an editorial piece published by the Hamilton Spectator. On January 15, 2013, two Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) agents showed up on his door and questioned . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: Canadian activist says Harper is wrong about Iran, gets CSIS visit

The Canadian Progressive: Canada’s Environmental Activists “Threat To National Security”: Harper Government

RCMP and CSIS treat peaceful protest actions and questioning the Harper Government as ‘forms of attack’, label activists involved “national security threats”, documents reveal. By Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive, Feb. 22, 2013: The Harper Government is intensifying its attacks on environmental and other activist movements in Canada, according to documents released under freedom . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: Canada’s Environmental Activists “Threat To National Security”: Harper Government

The Canadian Progressive: Of Toronto G20 protests and “abuse orchestrated by fascist states”

by Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive, Jan 15, 2013: Ontario Superior Court Justice Harriet Sachs says police behaviour during the Toronto G20 protests had “the eerie overtones of the worst sort of abuse orchestrated by fascist states.” She passed the harsh verdict while ruling on the case of Eva Marie Botten, an activist whose . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: Of Toronto G20 protests and “abuse orchestrated by fascist states”

Alberta Diary: Harper’s wish for war with Iran: an ill Tory wind that blows no good for Canada

Unlike Prime Minister Stephen Harper, the Doge of the Most Serene Republic of Venice was prepared to receive the ambassadors of Persia. Below: Igor Gouzenko, Dr. Samuel Johnson and Winston Churchill.

When Igor Gouzenko came in from the cold 67 years ago last Wednesday, Canada had an extremely serious and completely legitimate complaint . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: Harper’s wish for war with Iran: an ill Tory wind that blows no good for Canada

Canadian Progressive World: Confirmed again: “Canada may use information obtained through torture”

Last February, we learned that Public Safety Minister Vic Toews had quietly authorized the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) to use information gleaned from terror suspects through torture. Today, Toews’ spokesperson, Mike Mueller, confirmed that the Canadian government is open to using information gleaned under dubious circumstances abroad.

Mueller was responding to new revelations . . . → Read More: Canadian Progressive World: Confirmed again: “Canada may use information obtained through torture”

Alberta Diary: The National Post on union kids’ camps: Threat or menace?

Kids from Friedrich Engels Cabin at Camp Solidarity think about ways to seize control of the means of production at the National Post and establish the Information Dictatorship of the Proletariat. Well, they’ll never get the chance, because they never worked for Ted Byfield! The National Post says union kids camps are not . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: The National Post on union kids’ camps: Threat or menace?