Richard Hughes-Political Blogger
The state our Canada’s democracy is grim at all levels. Our PM Steve Harper is an overbearing, top down dictator.
He has managed to BS too many Canadians that he is a wonderful manager of the economy. He is not.
Under Harper our sovereignty is being sold down the river to the Chinese and whoever else can prop up his now failing government. The trade deals passed and others still on the table are of benefit to corporate investors and the detriment of the rest of us.
Prime Minister Steve Harper trailing Trudeau in the polls
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Richard Hughes Political Blogger
Chatter in political circles of the centre and centre left variety have been underway for years. It seems that today’s NDP are more comfortable propelling and then propping up Harper than actually cutting a deal with the Liberals. Power players in the NDP inner circles have moved the party to the middle with a goal of eclipsing the Liberals, thus becoming the party of the middle.
Well they have moved to the mushy middle and yet that has not happened, has it. Truth is that the NDP are as close as they will ever get under the present electoral structures.
Prepare yourselves for haughty
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Rafe Mair – Political Blogger
Holidays are over and Rafe is back telling it like it is. His response to the heavy handed Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s handling of the ‘Idle No More’ protests are predictable and welcomed.
You can just imagine how much Harper enjoys his posts and the Common Sense Canadian Blog that he runs with Damien Gillis.
So I have happily grabbed his latest and I am sure that you will enjoy it as much as I have. Here is Rafe and his views on the uprising of the Idle No More forces.
Richard ‘Hub’ Hughes-Political Blogger
Years ago I read a saying that pretty well sums up the current situation with Steve Harper and his snarly band of rabid right wingers.
“There is a difference between the right to do something and the right thing to do.”
It is true that Harper’s ‘might is right ’ approach may at least temporarily carry the day, pass motions in the parliament, and rewrite laws, policies and regulations neglecting the tried and true practice of disclosure, debate and discussion.
Framing this undemocratic behaviour as efficient and streamlining is a dangerous lie that will come back
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Chief Teresa Spence is now on Day 15 of her strike on behalf of indigenous peoples struggles everywhere. She has vowed to continue her hunger strike until Canadian Prime Minister meets with her to deal with the deplorable living conditions so many Natives are facing nation wide. The call for justice is spreading and receiving support from other idingenous peoples in South America, Austraila and New Zealand.- Richard Hughes-Cowichan Conversations
Hunger striker Chief Theresa Spence gets 5 500 Twitter followers in only 40 hours (via Canadian Progressive World)
Today marks Day 14 of Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence’s indefinite hunger strike. Still, Canada’s Prime Minister refuses to tear down his stubborn wall of silence over the peaceful protest. He remains unwilling to meet Spence legitimate demand for a face-to-face meeting of the prime minister…
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Richard ‘Hub’ Hughes- Political Blogger
Support for Attawapiskat Chief Teresa Spence is it sees going international as the word of her hunger strike for aboriginal justice continues. Canada’s Prime Minister Stephen Harper refuses to meet with the Chief Spence. Harper’s Omnibus Bill contained measures that further damaged a marginalized people and they are demanding process and meetings with the PM.
It is very much the same struggle whether it is in Columbia, New Zealand, Austraila or Canada. The pushback is growing.
Richard Hughes- Political Blogger
Selling bitumen fast, while it’s still hot, is the prime minister’s myopic motivation, says Andrew Nikoforuk in his report featured in the Tyee.
We have been sold down the river by a combination of neo con corporate greed and the unrelenting far right evangelical so called Christianity.
How these greedy bastards can claim to embrace Jesus and Christianity or any other religion is beyond me. They disdain everything that approaches religious behaviour or values.
“I don’t think Canadians want us to sell out important Canadian values — our belief in democracy, freedom, human rights. They don’t want
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Richard Hughes- Political Blogger
We have been hearing about Premier Steve Harper’s deal making with the Chinese and Malaysian’s investing in the Tar Sands for some time. Now that Harper has made it official the shit may well hit the fan.
Canadians of every stripe recognize the sell out and this could well spell Harper’s undoing. His contempt for our parliamentary democracy, his absence of a ‘Canada First’ approach, his ignorance and outright arrogance may finally be coming home to roost. How long will it be until the knives come out in his heretofore unquestioning gaggle of whipped Tory MP’s? Has it already
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Richard Hughes- Political Blogger Everywhere we look our democracy is compromised, in some cases it is underwater. From many of our local government bodies to the senior levels democratic processes go begging. Nationally our democracy has been hijacked… . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: Canada’s Democratic Structures Are Crumbling Under Authoritarian Rule!
Kevin Logan- Cowichan Conversations Contributor
Here is another Post from Cowichan Conversations Contributor Kevin Logan.
Kevin Logan’s career has been diverse, ranging from small business to NGOs through finance and government. He served as a ministerial assistant to numerous ministers and a premier in the former BC NDP Administration. Kevin is also an independent researcher and writer who has administered many diverse and successful campaigns.
Robin Matthews does come in where the rubber hits the road and lays out a potential action. The challenge of course is convincing Canadians to do anything besides merely brush up on their Mandarin.
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Richard ‘Hub’ Hughes – Political Blogger
I wish that headline was an extreme eggageration and that PM Harper’s Sellout of Canada wasn’t really that big a deal, but I would be wrong. I do not know why he is so hell bent determined to ruin our country but he is changing Canada before our very eyes.
The deal with China over our resources is great for China but very bad news for Canada.
How do we stop it when he refuses to abide by traditionl parliamentary processes, when he refuses to bring this matter before parliament?
PM Steve Harper- Canada’s Authoritarian
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Richard ‘Hub’ Hughes-Political Blogger
Here is the latest from CFIA about the addidtions to the foods that are unfit for consumption.
Many of these are items “Voluntarily recalled” by XL Foods. Could this mean that they are foods that the reduced CFIA staff inspectors have not got around to yet? There is a huge credibility crisis going on with our food in Canada and it is the Harper Government’s fault responsibility.
How long is this going to go on and when if ever will the Steve Harper Conservative’s get it that cutting CFIA staff and brutally slashing their budgets are to
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