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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 government business only.

The NDP wants MPs to declare that, “in the opinion of the House, government planes, and in particular the plane used by the Prime Minister, should only be used for government purposes and should not be used to transport anyone other than those (Read more…)

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 join the big paradeOr they’ll cut off all your fundingThat’s how they play the game.We ain’t in this all together or don’t you watch the newsThey want you all singing the reactionary blues.

They’re Thatcher’s ugly children (Read more…)

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

Inspired by this headline:

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 [...]

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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 parliament.

In response to the death of Connors, our treasonous and hypocritical Conservative prime minister Stephen Harper — a terrible amateur musician and singer — said: “At this key juncture, I hope [Canadian music fans] can now build for themselves a better, brighter future based on

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 they represent.” Today, none of READ MORE

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 as a Senator.

Patrick Brazeau has:

had the worst attendance record in the Senate been accused of unjustly receiving a $21,000 housing allowance used his ex-father-in-law’s residence to get tax exemption called a journalist a bitch on Twitter generally acted like a baffoon on Twitter

I could go on…

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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 [...]

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

by Obert Madondo | Huffington Post Blog “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 in Ottawa READ MORE

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 support from Canada’s government. The Liberal Party government of the time literally treated them like criminals instead of the heroes that they actually were.

If Canada and the other western democratic nations had put their full support behind the anti-fascists in Spain, perhaps the Holocaust and

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 ethics committee member Dean Del Mastro, who has been keeping a low profile and allowing Pierre Poilievre to speak for him. Alas, Dean was a no-show. Disapointing to those hoping for a show, but perhaps a blessing for those looking for some substantive

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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 the story of the day without having to phone communications staffers who have to fill out message event proposals.

There are three pool cameras and microphones set up in the foyer, one each on the government and opposition sides and one in the centre ostensibly reserved for the Prime

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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 already making plenty of progress. The Chronicle Herald and the Star implore the Cons to ensure Elections Canada has the authority it needs to investigate properly. The Ottawa Citizen writes about the link between Robocon calls and suppressed voter turnout. Parker distinguishes between illegal deception

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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 prairie tour, and earned a positive review from Olav Rokne for her earlier Edmonton stop.

- Nathan Cullen pitched his electoral cooperation plan in Saskatoon while serving as a key voice in criticizing the Cons’ attempt to force the Northern Gateway pipeline on the residents

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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 Nations communities and human rights issues, know that Charlie Angus is the guy who’s been working his ass off on this file for YEARS!

A quick search of the Google News archives reveals almost 100 instances of Mr. Angus speaking about the situation at

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

The irony of it all! At around 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 inclusive society. Any inconvenience they’ve caused through their peaceful occupation seems minor in comparison to their contribution to the public good.

As lawyers from the Law Union of Ontario point out: “Some inconveniences to local park users is a small price to pay for the

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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 concern with lobbying isn’t the person who comes and knocks on the door of an MP’s office and dutifully records, it’s the people who have access to power, it’s the people who have access to the back rooms and the private clubs, those are the

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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

Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material for your Friday reading.- Susan Riley points out that nothing positive figures to come from the Cons’ plans to slash Canada’s public service:No good will come of proposed public service cuts, if experience is any guide. Not a lea… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links