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mark a rayner: William Shatner’s Inaugural Address

(After Winning the First Post-Two-Party Presidential Election) Friends, Americans, Countrymen! Lend me your ears. I come to bury our two-party system, not praise it. I stand before you today, not as a conqueror, not as pop icon, but as your President. … . . . → Read More: mark a rayner: William Shatner’s Inaugural Address

The Ranting Canadian: Diane Francis is an imbecile and a traitor. The Chicago-born…

Diane Francis is an imbecile and a traitor. The Chicago-born conservative immigrant to Canada should be deported to her homeland, as should all foreign-born right-wing elitists who want to give away Canadians’ sovereignty as if it’s no big deal. Canadian-born traitors like Stephen J. Harper and his spineless sycophants will require another kind . . . → Read More: The Ranting Canadian: Diane Francis is an imbecile and a traitor. The Chicago-born…

Melissa Fong: Why am I not allowed to have a personality?

Why am I not allowed to have a personality? He smiles at me, “Hey girl, where are you from?” I reply, “Vancouver… Canada.” I’m partly hopeful this will be the end of the interaction… but it has happened so many times that I can see his demise. Why do I even answer? Hope. Hope that . . . → Read More: Melissa Fong: Why am I not allowed to have a personality?

ParliamANT Hill: Aboriginal Affairs Minister John DuncAnt resigns from cabinet

Inspired by this headline: http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/story/2013/02/15/pol-aboriginal-affairs-john-duncan-resigns.html

The Scott Ross: Penny Wise, World Foolish: Pennies Never Cost A Cent

All the attention focused on how costly it is to make pennies is worth less than any piece of copper.

For much of last year the most popular cited reason, the go-to justification for scrapping the penny was that making one costs more than what it’s worth. Simple economics, or even simple logic shows . . . → Read More: The Scott Ross: Penny Wise, World Foolish: Pennies Never Cost A Cent

ParliamANT Hill: ObamAnt’s State of the Union Address

Inspired by the U.S.A.’s State of the Union Address last night.

350 or bust: Saturday At The Movies

This is fun, whether or not you are Canadian:

Canadian ProgressiveCanadian Progressive: Canada’s White Supremacist Views Barred From Parliamentary Committee

Meet Madi Lussier, one of the two witnesses from the Canadian Immigration Report or CIReport.ca, barred from speaking before the Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration earlier this week. Lussier and her fellow witness were invited to speak before the committee. Then they traveled all the way from Toronto to Ottawa to make the presentation, . . . → Read More: Canadian ProgressiveCanadian Progressive: Canada’s White Supremacist Views Barred From Parliamentary Committee

The Scott Ross: Canada Already Has A 1¢ Carbon Tax

Last year this Conservative government collected $424,418,000 in taxes to pay for carbon emissions.

That same year Canadians used 38,208,346,000 litres of gasoline.

Doing the quick math, Canadians paid 1.1¢ or $0.011 for every litre of gas they consumed in 2011.

Now Canadians weren’t taxed at the pump, though it would have been far . . . → Read More: The Scott Ross: Canada Already Has A 1¢ Carbon Tax

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

Canadian Progressive World: Harper Determined to Erase Pierre Trudeau From Public Consciousness

No doubt, Stephen Harper and the Conservatives are determined to create a Canadian nationalism that is both socially conservative and loyal to the British Empire. Their key strategy is to radically revise history and suppress certain moments that do not identify with past Conservative leaders. This penchant for naked revisionism has led to a molestation . . . → Read More: Canadian Progressive World: Harper Determined to Erase Pierre Trudeau From Public Consciousness

Canadian Progressive World: Queen Elizabeth II, Canada’s “Bond Girl” Shines At The 2012 London Olympics

That’s right, our absentee head of state is the newest Bond girl. The Queen made her acting debut in the spectacular and humorous Bond sequence during the opening ceremony of the 2012 London Olympic Games. I think the Queen should take up acting.

Here are my three reasons:

First, the 86-year old is a bundle . . . → Read More: Canadian Progressive World: Queen Elizabeth II, Canada’s “Bond Girl” Shines At The 2012 London Olympics

Canadian Progressive World: Nazanin Afshin-Jam MacKay Said Canada Should Bring Omar Khadr Home

Surely this has got to be the ultimate Tale of Two Nazanins. Better still, Of Denial And The Tale of Two Nazanin Afshin-Jam MacKays.

The brand new wife of Conservative Defence Minister Peter MacKay is fuming. She accuses a journalist baiting her to criticize the Harper Government on the Omar Khadr issue.

She even says . . . → Read More: Canadian Progressive World: Nazanin Afshin-Jam MacKay Said Canada Should Bring Omar Khadr Home

Canadian Progressive World: The “Life of Pi” Movie Will Probably Rock Your World

Canadian novelist Yann Martel’s “Life of Pi” is one of the few novels I’ve started with enthusiasm and but couldn’t finish. I simply failed to connect with this award-winning wrenching fantastical story of loss, adventure and hope. But the movie, directed by award-winning director Ang Lee, promises to be something special. The movie, starring . . . → Read More: Canadian Progressive World: The “Life of Pi” Movie Will Probably Rock Your World

centerandleft: A Defence of Regularized Public Policy Referendum

I think Governments should consult with the people. The amount of public involvement with our federal democracy is essentially voting in a general election once every four years. We call our political system “free and democratic”, a rule by and for the people. For me, electing over three hundred people who are being sent to . . . → Read More: centerandleft: A Defence of Regularized Public Policy Referendum

CANADIAN PROGRESSIVE WORLD: Wanted: “Radicals” Against Enbridge’s Northern Gateway Pipeline

Are you a Canadian radical? Are you ready to Harper and Enbridge Inc.’s Northern Gateway pipeline? If your answer to both questions is YES, this call to action from radicals4ourcoast.ca is yours to answer:

“Does fighting to keep our Pacific coast oil-spill-free make you a “radical”? That’s what Stephen Harper’s Conservatives say.

. . . → Read More: CANADIAN PROGRESSIVE WORLD: Wanted: “Radicals” Against Enbridge’s Northern Gateway Pipeline

The Scott Ross: Free Post-Secondary Education Makes Money

Free post-secondary education would increase incomes, and income taxes would not just recover the initial cost to government but would actually generate additional public revenue. This paper from the Canadian Centre of Policy Alternatives compares incomes from higher education and the subsequent increased government revenue from income taxes, and finds the return of post-secondary education . . . → Read More: The Scott Ross: Free Post-Secondary Education Makes Money

False positive: private profit in Canada's health care: Medical Journal Kills For-Profit Lab Debate

I was surprised when the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ) asked me to write an analysis piece on Canada’s medical laboratories. My book, False Positive, clearly lays out my position that for-profit labs have no place in our health care system, which is at odds with the close, and profitable, relationship between the labs and . . . → Read More: False positive: private profit in Canada’s health care: Medical Journal Kills For-Profit Lab Debate

Women in politics: the “squeeze” factor

As any student of Canadian politics knows, Ellen Fairclough was Canada’s first female cabinet minister, appointed by Diefenbaker in 1957 and serving until her defeat as MP for Hamilton West in 1963. I have mixed feelings about Fairclough’s politics: she did good work on the immigration file, but she was a Tory, of course, and . . . → Read More: Women in politics: the “squeeze” factor

The Scott Ross: Conservatives Unite, Liberals & NDP Divide

It is widely known that over the last few years a certain political group has been arrogant, close-minded, and divisive, what may come as a surprise is that group is made up of the Liberals and the NDP.

Both Liberals and New Democrats have criticized Conservatives for years, alleging they are arrogant, intolerant, and . . . → Read More: The Scott Ross: Conservatives Unite, Liberals & NDP Divide

The Scott Ross: The Undemocratic Conservative Coalition

There is only one federal party in Canada that calls for the creation of a coalition. Of the four major political organizations, there is only one that has in its constitution as one of its founding principles the responsibility to develop such a union. It isn’t the Green Party, it isn’t the Liberals, it’s not . . . → Read More: The Scott Ross: The Undemocratic Conservative Coalition

The Scott Ross: The Liberal Identity

The Liberal Party lost the last election not because they didn’t know what they stood for, but because they stopped looking.

After the last election many party officials, pundits and members of the public claimed the Liberals lost because they didn’t stand for anything, that Liberals didn’t even know who they were, and as . . . → Read More: The Scott Ross: The Liberal Identity

The Scott Ross: Canadian Pride

Canada has the best government, the best history, and the best culture, but what makes me proudest to be Canadian, is not the democracy, not the tolerance and diversity, not the public health care, nothing, absolutely nothing makes me prouder to be Canadian than the Canadians who believe they can change all of that for . . . → Read More: The Scott Ross: Canadian Pride

Geoff at Mount Allison: Canadian University Press Archipelago (74th Annual National Conference)

I got in yesterday to the Canadian University Press’ 74th Annual National Conference known as Archipelago (as each member paper is like an island in an archipelago). Anyway it was a long flight in but it has been a great conference so far. I’ll be writing more specifically about what I’ve learned later this week for . . . → Read More: Geoff at Mount Allison: Canadian University Press Archipelago (74th Annual National Conference)

The Scott Ross: Liberal Pride

Many Liberals may take pride at the sight of increasing poll numbers, they shouldn’t.

The Liberals have problems, increasing poll numbers aren’t going to fix them. Liberals need to build a new party, that will take time, determination and purpose. Poll numbers aren’t going to stop backroom deals, poll numbers aren’t going to hold coffee . . . → Read More: The Scott Ross: Liberal Pride