Well, I could be wrong, but I believe Accountability is an old, old wooden
ship that was used during the War of 1812.
On June 5th, 2012, Prime Minister Stephen Harper gave Peter Mansbridge an interview touching on multiple topics. One of the topics was his awareness with news stories:
MANSBRIDGE: Do you read it? Do you read Canadian media?HARPER: No.MANSBRIDGE: …
Your blogger with CBC investigative reporter Charles Rusnell. Below: Edmonton-Manning MLA Peter Sandhu; Mr. Sandhu with Alison Redford in a Tory Party photo grabbed from the Daveberta.ca blog. The photo-bomber is Calgary-Fort MLA Wayne Cao.
You’d think it would be easy to run a petroleum-soaked, cash-rich jurisdiction like Alberta, but a day seldom seems to pass out here on the western edge of the Great Plains without our governing Progressive Conservative Party suffering another pratfall or embarrassment.
But how many Albertans know that so many of these scandals bedevilling our permanent governing party have been uncovered by the same (Read more…)
Conor is still recovering from Rhabdomyolysis, an adverse reaction to anti-seizure medication, Lamotrogine and needs phsyiotherapy to rebuild his damaged muscles, balance and co-ordination. Just being home is a huge help for Conor, back home with Mom, Dad, his brother and his familiar routines. One of those routines has been to get out of bed every morning at 6 am. If he is awake at 5:30 he stays in bed until 6. That is his routine and Conor has a classic autism need for routine. When he gets up each morning his routine has also included turning on the (Read more…) . . . → Read More: Facing Autism in New Brunswick: Conor’s Physiotherapy With CBC’s Terry Seguin
By: Canadians for Tax Fairness May 10, 2013: Canadian money stashed in the top 12 global tax havens has topped $170 Billion, according to data on foreign direct investment released yesterday by Statistics Canada. This amounts to a quarter of all Canadian money going abroad. This figure is also equivalent [...]
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I have to admit that I have always disliked Pierre Poilievre. Something about him rubs me the wrong way.He's abrasive, he's yappy, he's arrogant. He looks and acts like a weird old young guy trapped in the Cold War era. And his recent comment that the "root cause of terrorism is terrorism" only reinforced my belief that he is a brutish right-wing ideologue.As well as an absolute idiot.Read more »
By: Friends of Canadian Broadcasting | Press Release: OTTAWA, May 8, 2013 – No public broadcaster in any free and democratic country anywhere in the world faces political interference with its editorial independence as proposed for the CBC in Bill C-60. A down payment of more than 120,000 signatures on petitions [...]
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At least half-a-dozen petitions aimed at stopping Stephen Harper from taking control of the CBC are buzzing around the Internet. Pressure groups are putting a lot of effort into this campaign, but the question is – does sending petitions to Ottawa have any effect on the Conservatives. Are they just wasting everyone’s time?
The many petitions contain all the right language: “Prime Minister Harper is using his latest budget bill to seize unprecedented power over the CBC,” say Friends of Canadian Broadcasting and LeadNow in a joint appeal. “Independent public media is a cornerstone of a healthy democracy, and (Read more…)
By: Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive: Bill C-60, introduced in the House of Commons last week as part of the Conservatives’ new omnibus Budget implementation bill, is an insidious piece of legislation. And the CBC/Radio-Canada wants to talk to Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s ministers because it’s important that the bill’s “unintended consequences are understood and addressed.” “We will be writing to [...]
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Acting responsibly with your money, saving it perhaps?
You sir/madam are an idiot; at least according to the Bank of Canada. “Why are you not out there spending money and making the economy grow?”, asks our benevolent Central Bank. The temerity you have displayed (despicable saver!!), acting responsibly and not going credit debt wild is unacceptable. As a matter of fact, let’s punish you for your responsible fiscal behaviour.
My faithful readership by now is aware of the rambling nature of my commentary so I advise you to go to the CBC right now and watch (Read more…)
By: Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive: The Montreal Police violated the rights of protesters during the 2012 student protests, says a new 47-page report based on 384 witness accounts. The report, called ”Testimonies of the Student Strike: Repression And Discrimination,” was compiled by ASSÉ, Quebec’s largest student federation, in association with the Quebec Human Rights [...]
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This and that for your Thursday reading.
- Ed Broadbent takes a look at how our tax system can combat inequality in more ways than one: The Broadbent Institute is presenting proposals Tuesday to the Finance Committee of the House of Commons. Our primary recommendation is that Canada establish as a goal the provision of a basic income-tested guarantee to all citizens through a fairer personal income tax system.
The tax/transfer system equalizes income in two important ways. First, progressive income taxes mean that the affluent pay a higher percentage of income than middle and low income earners. Second, these (Read more…)
Miscellaneous material for your mid-week reading.
- Thomas Walkom writes that yesterday’s minor tinkering aside, the goal of the Cons’ temporary foreign worker program is still to drive down Canadian wages. And Miles Corak argues that the resulting distortion of employment markets shouldn’t be any more acceptable to a libertarian than a progressive: Flooding the market with workers from elsewhere, year in and year out – even during a major recession – is not about an acute labour shortage. It is nothing more than a wage subsidy to low-paying firms, a subsidy that stunts the reallocation of goods, capital, and (Read more…)
Updated (Thursday 6 pm) below.
Every once in a while, Harper exposes his fangs. This is one of those moments: “Budget bill gives Harper Cabinet new powers over CBC.”
It’s a Harper special, naturally. Mix the CBC in with a pile of other Crowns who can be portrayed as bloated public entities whose employees are getting more than in the private sector. So we hear Clement say this “is part of a broader issue, which is aligning the public-service compensation and benefits to private-sector norms and expectations…”. Sell it to the public as a sensible economic measure (Read more…)
Well I don't know if there was a bright Jesus star hovering over Toronto fifty-four years ago .Or a Death Star.I don't know why the exorcist wasn't there. How hard is it to find a monstrous manger in a city for Crissakes !@#!! But I do know that on that fateful day so long ago Stephen Joseph Harper was born.And it was the day Canada started to die.Read more »
Alberta Federation of Labour President Gil McGowan, right, speaks to yesterday’s AFL news conference at the Edmonton’s Shaw Conference Centre. Your faithful blogger can be glimpsed at the far right. Beside him, the CBC’s Charles Rusnell. Below: Rusnell, Alberta NDP Leader Brian Mason.
Back in the summer of 2011, as Ed Stelmach’s reign as premier of Alberta ground toward its inevitable terminal moment, then-employment-minister Thomas Lukaszuk sent around a letter advising stakeholders he was about to commence a review of the Alberta Labour Code.
It had to be done, said the minister responsible for the province’s labour portfolio, “to ensure (Read more…)
“The Liberals could come out with an announcement heralding the sky for being blue and a good portion of the electorate would respond by criticizing them for ignoring the clouds.”
Stephen Smart is the political correspondent who wrote the comment shown above, published today by CBC News online. By no coincidence, he is also spouse of Rebecca Scott, a Public Affairs Officer with the BC Government who was previously Christy Clark’s deputy press secretary. She is a person likely to lose her job if electors do focus on clouds and miss the bits of blue sky.
After complaints, CBC
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If a political party isn’t willing to pay to put an ad into places people are likely to find it on their own (like TV, radio, newspaper or even paid online adverstising), the media should not provide free publicity to almost-no-cost “attack ad” content: There was no day off to celebrate for Justin Trudeau, who won the Liberal Party leadership decisively Sunday night with more than 80 per cent of the vote.
Before Trudeau’s first full day as leader had even begun, attack ads against him appeared on YouTube in English and French.
I’m reminded of that West
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By: Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive: The use of tax havens is at an all-time high in Canada and it’s costing Canadians an estimated $7.8 billion annually, the executive director of Canadians for Tax Fairness, Dennis Howlett, recently said in his brief to the House of Commons Finance Committee. Now the Canada Revenue Agency [...]
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It’s been a while, folks! But on the eve of the NDP’s big conference, I had to just make a somewhat-related comment on Rex Murphy’s latest pontification on Tom Mulcair’s popularity conundrum. Which isn’t as much of a conundrum, or a crisis, as people will make out in the midst of the LPC race.
Rex’s musings on what Mulcair should and shouldn’t be doing can be found here:
It seems to me he’d advise the Opposition Leader to try and have it both ways: come on out with bigger, bolder, more distinctive ideas – but at
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Young woman arrested for posting photo of graffitti online:
According to CBC News:
A 20-year-old woman has been accused of criminal harassment and intimidation against a high-ranking Montreal police officer after she posted a photo of anti-police graffiti online.
Pawluck insists that she’s done nothing wrong and the actions of the Montreal police amount to harassment.
Montreal criminal defence attorney Eric Sutton says the Crown will have to prove that Lafrenière reasonably feared for his safety because of the photo posted by Pawluck.
“I think this may be somewhat of a political statement by the police
. . . → Read More: The Ranting Canadian: Young woman arrested for posting photo of graffitti online
By: Canadian Journalists for Free Expression | Press Release: TORONTO – One of Canada’s leading free speech groups is warning that a low-profile bill – coming up for second reading debate in the House of Commons today – could severely weaken the journalistic integrity of the CBC and cripple its ability to [...]
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Inspired by Idle No More, frustrated by the continuing erosion of democracy under Conservative rule, Halifax-based rapper, Kyle McKenna, calls out Stephen Harper: What’s up Steve? We recommend: Hunger Striker Chief Theresa Spence’s Exclusive Interview With The CBC Canadians Mourn The Untimely “Death of Evidence” Three second rule for the wandering eye S.E.C.R.E.T: Canada’s Answer READ MORE
There’s been so much bullshit and insanity in the Canadian political scene lately, it’s hard to keep on top of it all. Here are just a few recent examples:
fraud and theft being officially endorsed in the Canadian senate prime minister Stephen Harper and his stooges lying through their teeth every day in parliament Service Canada treating all Employment Insurance claimants as criminals who are guilty until proven innocent Tom Flanagan — University of Calgary brainwasher, Globe and Mail columnist, CBC pundit, Conservative Party of Canada/Alberta Wildrose Party strategist, and friend/mentor of Stephen Harper, Ezra Levant and Danielle Smith — . . . → Read More: The Ranting Canadian: There’s been so much bullshit and insanity in the Canadian…
A Canadian Conservative has to do a lot to be punted by the Wildrose party and the Manning Centre. Thomas Flanagan did that on Wednesday by condoning child pornography. See the recorded video below of his response to a question on his views on child pornography. His argumentation basically noted that the individual act of [...]