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Bill Longstaff: Excluded by God and Queen

It seems some new Canadians are having crises of conscience with the Canadian Citizenship Oath. The oath reads, "I swear (or affirm) that I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Queen of Canada, Her Heirs and Successors, and that I will faithfully observe the laws of Canada and fulfil my duties as a Canadian citizen." The problem lies with the Queen bit. . . . → Read More: Bill Longstaff: Excluded by God and Queen

Bill Longstaff: Excluded by God and Queen

It seems some new Canadians are having crises of conscience with the Canadian Citizenship Oath. The oath reads, "I swear (or affirm) that I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Queen of Canada, Her Heirs and Successors, and that I will faithfully observe the laws of Canada and fulfil my duties as a Canadian citizen." The problem lies with the Queen bit. . . . → Read More: Bill Longstaff: Excluded by God and Queen

Alberta Politics: Throne Speech suggests Alberta NDP won’t let oil price crisis go completely to waste

PHOTOS: Status of Women Minister Stephanie McLean with her new son, Patrick, in the rotunda of the Alberta Legislature Building after yesterday’s Throne Speech. Below: Royal Canadian Artillery Band conductor Capt. Patrice Arsenault starts the proceed… . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: Throne Speech suggests Alberta NDP won’t let oil price crisis go completely to waste

somecanuckchick dot com: These are the types of NDP candidates Thomas Mulcair stands behind…

These are the types of NDP candidates Thomas Mulcair stands behind…

Intolerance

Rosemont—La Petite-Patrie

Alexandre Boulerice says the NDP is against the niqab! [VIDEO, en français!]

Mégantic—L’Érable

Jean-François Delisle says the NDP should reopen Constitution to deal with the niqab. FYI Jean-François Delisle has backed off his initial statement that the NDP should reopen the . . . → Read More: somecanuckchick dot com: These are the types of NDP candidates Thomas Mulcair stands behind…

Bill Longstaff: Going to jail for words

One morning in early June, Aaron Driver was walking to his bus stop in Winnipeg’s Charleswood neighbourhood when a white, unmarked van pulled up, armed men got out, forced him into the van and drove away. This is Canada, so of course the men were police officers and they were taking Mr. Driver, or Harun . . . → Read More: Bill Longstaff: Going to jail for words

The Canadian Progressive: RCMP officer to Bill C-51 protester: “You could be branded a terrorist” [VIDEO]

During the May 30 protest against Harper’s Bill C-51 in Ottawa, a candid camera caught an RCMP officer saying a Canadian protester “could be branded a terrorist”.

The post RCMP officer to Bill C-51 protester: “You could be branded a terrorist” [VIDEO] appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

The Canadian Progressive: A roaring Week of Education on Harper’s police state Bill C-51

At least 50 online and offline activities are expected to be executed across Canada as the Week of Education on Harper’s police state Bill C-51 gathers momentum.

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The Canadian Progressive: Harper government’s anti-terror laws target anti-pipeline foes

The Harper government Bill C-51 and other recently-passed anti-terror laws are designed to target and silence anti-pipeline foes, protect Big Oil interests.

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Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Here, condensing this post on the risks of allowing CSIS to self-assess the scope of Canadians’ Charter rights under C-51.

For further reading…– Again, the go-to source for analysis of C-51 is Craig Forcese and Kent Roach’s site here. – Clayton Ruby and Nader Hasan’s analysis is here.– John Mueller and Mark Stewart duly . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: New column day

The Canadian Progressive: Fair Elections Act Legal Case Could Call Into Question The Validity Of Upcoming Election

The Council of Canadians and Canadian Federation of Students have filed a Charter Challenge to Harper’s Fair Elections Act in the Ontario Superior Court.

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The Canadian Progressive: Canadian workers have a constitutional right to strike: Supreme Court

In a recent 5-2 ruling, the Supreme Court of Canada declared that Canadian workers have a constitutional right to engage in strike action.

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The Canadian Progressive: SHAME: Harper spend $700,000 fighting injured veterans’ justified lawsuit

The Harper government blew $700,000 fighting a Charter-based class-action lawsuit filed by former Canadian Forces members who were injured in Afghanistan.

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The Canadian Progressive: David Suzuki: The Movement For Environmental Rights Is Building

In Canada, the idea of citizens’ right to live in a healthy environment is getting traction at both the grassroots and highest political levels, says environmentalist David Suzuki.

The post David Suzuki: The Movement For Environmental Rights Is Building appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics: Alberta Politics Roundup – Eve of Fall Sitting

TweetFall Legislative Session November 17, 2014 will mark the start of the first legislative session for new Premier Jim Prentice, Health Minister Stephen Mandel and Education Minister Gordon Dirks. The 43-year old governing Progressive Conservatives have promised to introduce new laws focusing on property rights and ‘ending entitlements’ for their MLAs. This will be Rachel . . . → Read More: daveberta.ca – Alberta politics: Alberta Politics Roundup – Eve of Fall Sitting

Alberta Diary: Term limits on Alberta MLAs? ‘I think Jim Prentice is trying to lose… nothing else makes sense’

“A night to remember”: Jim Prentice explains to reporters how term limits for MLAs can work. Really! Below: The orchestra the Tories should have hired to play the lunchtime event.

There was no orchestra at Tory leadership candidate Jim Prentice’s lunchtime speech in Edmonton yesterday. But if there had been, it would have . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: Term limits on Alberta MLAs? ‘I think Jim Prentice is trying to lose… nothing else makes sense’

The Disaffected Lib: Could Harper Deploy Troops Against Canadians?

I was taken aback by a post from Geoff Kennedy at Parchment in the Fire entitled, “EU Advisors Advocate use of Military Against Strikes and Protests | Global Research.”

The thrust of this report is that military forces should be employed to defend the interests of the extremely wealthy from unrest among the masses.  The key . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Could Harper Deploy Troops Against Canadians?

Bill Longstaff: What keeps Canada together?

The above is the title of a survey commissioned by the Association for Canadian Studies and carried out by Leger Marketing earlier this year. The answer to what unites the country, from the 1,509 Canadians included in the survey, was clear. Of the 11 possibilities offered, the top two choices by a wide margin were . . . → Read More: Bill Longstaff: What keeps Canada together?

The Canadian Progressive: Canada’s overcrowded jails full of legally innocent people: Report

A new study from the Canadian Civil Liberties Association says Canada’s provincial and territorial jails are holding thousands of legally innocent people.

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The Canadian Progressive: Harper’s Prostitution Bill C-36 ‘Offends’ Charter: Legal Experts

Over 200 legal experts from across Canada recently wrote to Prime Minister Stephen Harper to protest Bill C-36, the Conservatives new prostitution law.

The post Harper’s Prostitution Bill C-36 ‘Offends’ Charter: Legal Experts appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

THE CANADIAN PROGRESSIVE: Harper’s cancellation of refugee health care “cruel and unusual” treatment: Federal Court

Harper’s cancellation of refugee health care was “cruel and unusual” treatment that “shocks the conscience and outrages Canadian standards of decency.”

The post Harper’s cancellation of refugee health care “cruel and unusual” treatment: Federal Court appeared first on THE CANADIAN PROGRESSIVE.

THE CANADIAN PROGRESSIVE: Rocco Galati launches lawsuit challenging Harper’s Citizenship Act changes

Prominent constitutional lawyer suing two Conservative cabinet ministers and Gov. Gen. David Johnston over the draconian changes Harper has made to Canada’s Citizenship Act through Bill C-24.

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Alberta Diary: Oh to be a fly on the cabinet room wall today! Court grants stay on application against AUPE of Bill 46 until Valentine’s Day

Steam vents from the cabinet room at the Alberta Legislature. Actual eruptions of Tory fury may not be exactly as illustrated – and, actually, that’s the Lieutenant Governor’s office. Well, whatever, it’s better than a file shot of the law courts sign! Below: AUPE President Guy Smith.

Who wouldn’t want to be a . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: Oh to be a fly on the cabinet room wall today! Court grants stay on application against AUPE of Bill 46 until Valentine’s Day

Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Morning Links

Assorted content for your weekend reading.

– Robert Reich laments the indecency of gross inequality (and the economic policies designed to exacerbate it): (F)or more than three decades we’ve been going backwards. It’s far more difficult today for a child from a poor family to become a middle-class or wealthy adult. Or even for a . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Morning Links

Alberta Diary: An open letter to Dave Hancock, Deputy Premier: Why you should quit … Now … Really!

Illegal organizations like this continue to operate in Alberta behind closed doors, despite the fact someone may yell … St**ke! … in violation of the Act to Protect Albertans from Inaccurate and Uninformative Bloggers. Actual members of collective bargaining organizations may not appear exactly as illustrated. Below: Alberta deputy Premier Dave Hancock, at . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: An open letter to Dave Hancock, Deputy Premier: Why you should quit … Now … Really!

Song of the Watermelon: An Open Letter to TransLink Regarding the “Disappearing Palestine” Ads

Dear TransLink:

I am writing to express my wholehearted support for your decision to display the pro-Palestinian transit ads recently unveiled at the Vancouver City Centre Skytrain station and on several buses. The ads offer an important perspective that needs to be heard as part of any informed debate on the Middle East conflict.

My . . . → Read More: Song of the Watermelon: An Open Letter to TransLink Regarding the “Disappearing Palestine” Ads