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Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Morning Links

This and that for your Thursday reading.- Jan-Emmanuel De Neve and Nick Powdthavee discuss how the rise of an exclusive class of the rich increases stress and decreases well-being for everybody else. Using data from the World Top Incomes Database and t… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Morning Links

The Canadian Progressive: Harper’s abuse of Challenger jets, government resources unacceptable

by: Obert Madondo | April 2, 2014

The Conservatives’ abuse of the Challenger jets and other government resources might end soon if the New Democrats are successful with their latest motion.

On Tuesday, the NDP tabled an opposition day motion in the House of Commons that would limit the use of the jests to Canadian . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: Harper’s abuse of Challenger jets, government resources unacceptable

Politics and its Discontents: Charlie Angus Sings ‘The Reactionary Blues’

Kind of catchy, and makes for a great singalong, don’t you think?

They’re melting down the ice caps And raising up the trolls.Putting shutters on the windows And burning all the notes.The climate bell is ringingBut they’ve turned it back to snooze. I’m here a-singing the reactionary blues.There’s a war you never heard ofBetter . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Charlie Angus Sings ‘The Reactionary Blues’

ParliamANT Hill: NDP ethics chair Pat MartinAnt denounces ‘black shroud of secrecy’

Inspired by this headline: http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2013/12/10/ndp-ethics-chair-pat-mart_n_4421940.html

The Canadian Progressive: Statements: Resignation of Harper’s Chief of Staff Nigel Wright

From the day it emerged that Stephen Harper’s chief of staff Nigel Wright cut a $90,000 personal cheque to cover Sen. Mike Duffy’s fraudulent Senate expense claims, the Conservatives tried desperately to kill the scandal. On Thursday, they tossed Duffy overboard, and on Friday, Sen. Pamela Wallin. Also on Friday, the PMO vowed that Wright . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: Statements: Resignation of Harper’s Chief of Staff Nigel Wright

The Ranting Canadian: Members of Canada’s centrist New Democratic Party (NDP)…

Members of Canada’s centrist New Democratic Party (NDP) caucus sing the Stompin’ Tom Connors song “Bud the Spud”, which is about a character who — unlike the fraudulent Conservative senator Mike Duffy — lives in Prince Edward Island. The guitarists are Charlie Angus and Andrew Cash, who were professional musicians before being elected to . . . → Read More: The Ranting Canadian: Members of Canada’s centrist New Democratic Party (NDP)…

The Canadian Progressive: Premier Wynne can push for national referendum on future of the Senate

By Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive, Feb. 18, 2013: In, 2004, Stephen Harper described Canada’s Senate as a “dumping ground for the favoured cronies of the Prime Minister.” He also said: “I will not name appointed people to the Senate. Anyone who sits in the Parliament of Canada must be elected by the people . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: Premier Wynne can push for national referendum on future of the Senate

Bryan Crockett: Brazeau kicked from Caucus

Conservative-appointed Senator Patrick Brazeau

Early this morning, Harper-appointed Senator Patrick Brazeau was expelled from the Conservative Caucus after being taking into police custody. Rumours are circulating about charges of domestic abuse, but nothing is entirely confused. This did not surprise most Canadians who were already familiar with Brazeau. He’s had a terrible record . . . → Read More: Bryan Crockett: Brazeau kicked from Caucus

350 or bust: Idle No More: A Response By People Who Feel Like Hostages In Their Own Country

If you’re looking for some more information on the IdleNoMore campaign, MP Charlie Angus (Timmins-James Bay) gives a good summary in this video. He is discussing the NDP Opposition Day motion on dealing with First Nation economic development and treaty rights. The response from the CPC MP, Cheryl Gallant, who represents a more southerly Ontario . . . → Read More: 350 or bust: Idle No More: A Response By People Who Feel Like Hostages In Their Own Country

The Canadian Progressive: What Chief Spence’s Hunger Strike Says About Canada

by Obert Madondo | Huffington Post Blog http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/obert-madondo/cheif-hunger-strike-democracy_b_2298786.html “I’m willing to die for my people because the pain is too much and it’s time for the government to realize what (it’s) doing to us.” The chief of the northern Ontario First Nation reserve of Attawapiskat uttered the haunting statement as she announced her hunger strike . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: What Chief Spence’s Hunger Strike Says About Canada

The Ranting Canadian: The Honourable Charlie Angus, New Democratic Party (NDP) Member…

The Honourable Charlie Angus, New Democratic Party (NDP) Member of Parliament for Timmins-James Bay, recognizes the Mackenzie-Papineau Battalion’s contribution to the fight against fascism in the Spanish Civil War in the late 1930s.

The Mac-Paps volunteered to fight the fascist forces of Spain, Italy and Germany as part of the International Brigades, without any . . . → Read More: The Ranting Canadian: The Honourable Charlie Angus, New Democratic Party (NDP) Member…

A BCer in Toronto: Ethics committee talks social media without Del Mastro

I had a few committee meetings to choose from while I was in Ottawa last week, and attending the Standing Committee on Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics meeting on Tuesday made sense. And not just because it was hearing witnesses on a study of the privacy issues around social media.

I was hoping to see Conservative . . . → Read More: A BCer in Toronto: Ethics committee talks social media without Del Mastro

A BCer in Toronto: Video: Scrum shopping on Parliament Hill

Every day that the House of Commons is sitting, just before the end of question period members of the press gallery begin to gather in the foyer outside the chamber for the scrums. It’s usually the best opportunity to grab an MP and get a few quick questions answered or some comments on . . . → Read More: A BCer in Toronto: Video: Scrum shopping on Parliament Hill

Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links

Assorted content to end your week.

– On the Robocon front, Terry Milewski connects the dots between identification of voters as non-Con supporters and the deceptive robocalls that followed. Steven Chase and Daniel Leblanc discuss how Elections Canada figures to determine who placed the Cons’ fraudulent calls, while Glen McGregor and Stephen Maher suggest it’s . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links

Canadian Progressive World: Robo-Gate: Harper Conservatives stole the 2011 election from the NDP

The New Democratic Party (NDP) suggested in a press conference today that the Conservatives rigged the May 2011 federal election against the Bloc Quebecois, NDP and Liberals. Call it election rigging western style. Apparently, RackNine …Read More

Accidental Deliberations: Leadership 2012 Roundup

Yes, it’s only been a couple of days since my last roundup post. But I’ll let the pace of news determine how often I put them up – and the end of this week offered loads of material for discussion.

– Niki Ashton made a statement on LGBT equality in the course of her latest . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Leadership 2012 Roundup

Welcome to Harperland

How we embraced hate. I was watching the CBC News this morning, Suhana Meharchand was the host. Talking about Attawapiskat, she interviewed NDP/MP Charlie Angus. Hostilely, she asked him, “What would you do if you were Minister? Throw money at the problem?” His reply showed unflappable professionalism, indicating that he would first alleviate . . . . → Read More: Welcome to Harperland

Shame on Canada! Shame on us all!

Aboriginal Affairs Minister John Duncan tells an outright lie in this chance encounter on the stairs at the CBC. As if that is not bad enough, the Minister goes on to blame the MP for that area, Charlie Angus, for not informing him of the issue! Those who follow politics, particularly the issues of First . . . → Read More: Shame on Canada! Shame on us all!

Canadian Progressive World: Occupy Ottawa evicted from tents, Attawapiskat First Nations forced into tents

The irony of it all! At around 2.am Wednesday morning, more than 150 Ottawa Police officers pounced on eight Occupy Ottawa protesters peacefully resisting eviction from Confederation Park, where they’d camped for five weeks shining …Read More

Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links

This and that for your Tuesday reading.

– Linda McQuaig points out how the Occupy movement has at least started to shift the terms of our political debate: Rather than hanging out at malls or zoning out on Facebook, these young people have endured real hardship in the Canadian near-winter to fight for a more . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links

Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links

Assorted content to end your week.

– Charlie Angus’ concerns about the Cons’ Albany Club schmoozing nicely parallel my take on the entire lobbying apparatus they’ve built up: Mr. Angus said the Albany Club reception is an example of the kind of informal lobbying, through cozy relationships, that has grown under Mr. Harper’s watch.

“My . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links

Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Morning Links

This and that for your Thursday reading.- Stephen Maher nicely summarizes Tony Clement’s sad committee appearance yesterday:The evidence shows that Clement chose the projects himself, in some kind of mysterious process in his riding office. He has stea… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Morning Links

Cowboys for Social Responsibility: Canada’s gun lobby’s election failure reveals NDP gun registry fallacy

Reading today’s Postmedia story about labour union spending during the 2011 federal election campaign led this blog to wonder about other third party spending.Reviewing the listing of third parties on the Elections Canada website, two groups familiar t… . . . → Read More: Cowboys for Social Responsibility: Canada’s gun lobby’s election failure reveals NDP gun registry fallacy

Tony Clement: anything for a friend

While the media pretty much ignores the scandals around Peter MacKay’s elite transportation perks, Tony Clement is not so lucky. He’s being ridden hard and put up wet, if not by the media at least by NDP’s Charlie Angus.Yesterday, New Democrat Ethics C… . . . → Read More: Tony Clement: anything for a friend