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Cowichan Conversations: We Are Being Occupied by Steve Harper–Canada’s Worst Prime Minister Ever!

Cowichan Conversations: Harper’s Goal! Killing Medicare-One Policy, One Step at a Time!


Cowichan Conversations: “Crazy” things Stephen Harper said to Peter Mansbridge about Oil and the Environment

Cowichan Conversations: Mulcair: Anti-Terrorism Bill’s Wording Makes It Easier For Government To Spy On Foes













Recent story in Huffington Post–CP | By Jim Bronskill, The Canadian Press

OTTAWA – Information-sharing measures in proposed anti-terrorism legislation are so broadly worded they would allow the government to spy on its political foes, NDP Leader Tom Mulcair says.

Mulcair took exception Tuesday to the bill’s mention of interference with infrastructure or economic stability as activity that undermines the security of Canada.

The wording is sufficiently vague to permit a Canadian Security Intelligence Service investigation of anyone who challenges the Conservatives’ social, economic or environmental policies, the (Read more…)

Cowichan Conversations: Bill C-51–Trudeau Liberals and Mulcair New Democrats Put Party First-Canada Second

Richard Hub Hughes-Political Blogger

I am a life long New Democrat and I am appalled at the ‘weak as water’ positioning that the Thomas Mulcair led NDP have offered in regard to the Harper anti terror Bill C 51, a bill that will, if passed, turn Canada into a CSIS Police State.

Mulcair has said he opposes Bill C 51, but so far lacks the passion and commitment necessary to have his concerns registered as significant.

Justin Trudeau just choked and offered his support right from the beginning.

PM Steve Harper salutes Canada

If Mulcair and Trudeau not going to go to (Read more…)

Cowichan Conversations: ISIS Threat: Let’s Refuse to Be Scared

I recommend that you read this timely analysis from Crawford Kilian as published in the Tyee

Canada’s response in Iraq will be ‘noble,’ Harper says. What should that mean? By Crawford Kilian

Yesterday, Prime Minister Stephen Harper warned of a “terrorist caliphate” threatening Iraqi minorities with genocide, and said that a Canadian response to this threat would be “noble.”

The nature of our noble response is still uncertain, but it seems clear that we’re going into yet another round of wars justified by our adversaries being terrorists. It’s all getting a bit tired.

Terrorism has been around since the (Read more…)

Cowichan Conversations: The Truth About Ukraine-AMTV

Cowichan Conversations: The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Sets The Record Straight

Chief Justice Beverley McGlachlin

Does the government’s enemies list now include judges?

Faced with insinuations of improper conduct from the Prime Minister’s Office and reported widely in the press, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court sets the record straight in the press release below:


In response to recent media reports, the office of the Chief Justice of Canada, the Right Honourable Beverley McLachlin, P.C. is releasing the following statement.

At no time was there any communication between Chief Justice McLachlin and the government regarding any case before the courts. The facts are as follows:

On (Read more…)

Cowichan Conversations: The Government of Canada Must Respect the First Nations Rights and Treaties

Richard Hughes-Political Blogger

Hardly a day goes by without hearing of another environmental disaster. In most cases they are easily traceable back to the doorsteps of greedy ‘Oil and Gas Corporations’ combined with reduced or eliminated federal and provincial regulations.

Do we hear outrage and a call to action from our Prime Minister over the accelerating desecration of our land? No!

Are there any governmental actions over the extreme hardships caused our residents, fish and wildlife? No!

Are there any significant responses or expressions at all from our elected MP’s and MLA’s in response to the jack boot tactics towards (Read more…)

Cowichan Conversations: Here Comes Steve! Harper at Brentwood College-Mill Bay Noon-1PM

Richard Hughes-Political Blogger

It seems that PM Stephen Harper is visiting BC this week and will grace our Island tomorrow January 7th.

A protest has been planned by ‘Cowichan Carbon Busters’ and all concerned residents are encouraged to send him a message, with the greatest of respect of course.

Should be a good turn out and it will be good to see the many progressive concerned citizens who will be there at Brentwood College Main Entrance Gates to welcome our Prime Minister.


The Hon.Stephen Harper- Prime Minister of Canada

Cowichan Carbon Busters Citizen Rally on Jan 7

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Cowichan Conversations: Oh Canada! We Were Once Respected, But Now We Are Despised!

Richard Hughes-Political Blogger

PM Stephen Harper set out to change Canada so that it would not be recognizable. He has succeeded in spades and at the same time as he is being damned , by association so are we all.

He has diminished our sense of pride and replaced it with shame.

All Canadians must recoil in spite of their particular partisan beliefs at the damage that has been done allowing the unprecedented rape of our environment, regulatory protections, civil decency and honour as a country and as citizens of Canada.

This post appeared on Common Ground and in it Noam Chomsky delivers a well (Read more…)

Cowichan Conversations: Are Canada’s Spies Working For Mining Industry? Good Question!

Richard Hughes-Political Blogger

US, Canada and a number of other western governments throughout the western world have been fidgety and downright freaked about insider government snoops Julian Assange, Edward Snowden and Chelsea Manning going rogue and telling us the truth about their former invasive, illegal and immoral activities, all of course conducted and directed by the US government on the taxpayers dime.

They have let loose with activities and surveillance schemes that our governments have been engaged in spying on our allies, and even on our own citizens.

Steve Harper has a great deal more than the Senate (Read more…)

Cowichan Conversations: PM Steve Harper Under Fire In Question Period (Video)

Richard Hughes-Political Blogger

The Senate furor continues and if anything seems to be gaining momentum in our nations capitol.

Harper has been lying through his teeth for years and although he has excelled at it for years it appears he may have spent his currency

Not so much now as the fabric of unquestioned obedience has been torn and his influence is weakening.

NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair’s biting questions a real headache for PM Harper!

Canadians across the political spectrum are not buying his line this time and it is only going to get worse.

Will Harper be able to ride (Read more…)

Cowichan Conversations: Our Prime Minister Steve Has Pretty Shaky, and Dubious Friends and Colleagues, but then…

Richard ‘Hub’ Hughes- Political Blogger

The days of easy-going top down manipulation and disregard for almost everyone could be drawing to an end for PM Steve Harper.

In todays National Post Dean Del Mastro MP is a featured cheater of the week.

Oh, yes it is a beautiful day but when are we going to see the back of Steve?

He is not having fun anymore. People talk back, question his integrity and refuse to roll over for his pipelines are good for you mantra.

Dean De Mastro MP Peterborough nailed by Elections Canada

The Keystone Pipeline is looking dimmer (Read more…)

Cowichan Conversations: ‘Nobody Understands’ Spills at Alberta’s Cold Lake Tar Sands Operation

Richard Hub Hughes-Political Blogger

The pollution in Northern Alberta attributable to ‘Fracking’ and Tar Sands’ Operations is out of control.

The latest seemingly unstoppable spill of significance is devastating wildlife and the environment. They cannot stop it.

Nothing is being done and it seems obvious that the politicians first concern is to serve the industry, while lying their asses off to cover or minimize the damage to the local inhabitants, wildlife, farmland, rivers, lakes and streams.

Oil spills at a tar sands operation are situated on the traditional territory of the Beaver Lake Cree First Nation. The spill has been going (Read more…)

Cowichan Conversations: Nobody Shoots at a Dead Duck!

Richard Hughes-Political Blogger


Our PM Stephen Harper is a power at any cost politician it seems.

Liberal leader Justin Trudeau is climbing in the polls giving the appearance that he will become the next Prime Minister. That is enough to have the PMO staff doing Harper’s dirty work.

Here is a Huffington Post report by Althia Raj-(Video)

Cowichan Conversations: PM Steve Harper and his Corrupt Conservatives

Richard Hughes-Political Blogger

The wonder of our botched up democracy is that the from time to time the criminals at the top get their comeuppances.

Is it Harper’s time to pay the price for his dishonest voter manipulation and interference, robocalls, selling out to China, so called free trade deals that disadvantage Canadians and just downright incompetence?

Could be folks, could be.

Hardly a day goes by without some new revelation, whether it is the Senate, entitlement crazed Cabinet Members or ideologically driven stupidity.

Can Steve shake loose and survive as so many other political crooks have? Look out Steve, whatever you do (Read more…)

Cowichan Conversations: PM Steve Harper: Boy He Sure Can Pick Them, Eh!

Richard Hughes-Political Blogger

Well we have at least four Harper appointed Senators caught up in fudging or just outright lying and cheating over expenses, residences and such.

Top that up with 3 Billion and change that has vanished from security and terrorism accounts.

Next up, Steve’s Chief of Staff cutting disgraced Senator Mike Duffy a cheque for 90 Grand to sort out his shortages and then and then…Canada’s former top security boss CSIS chief Dr. Anthony Porter being arrested for fraud in Panama.

My earlier ‘Thugs in Suits’ post seems to have been an apt description and it is getting worse. (Read more…)

Cowichan Conversations: Corporate Canada Is Safe With Justin Trudeau

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

I (Read more…)

Cowichan Conversations: Harper’s Skills Training Program Proposals Show Promise and Hope

Cowichan Conversations: Rick Mercer Rants About Kevin Page Parliamentary Budget Officer

Cowichan Conversations: The Liberals and the NDP Will Assure Another Harper Victory, Unless…

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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Cowichan Conversations: Rafe Mair Is Back And I Am Stealing His Posts Again!

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.

Cowichan Conversations: Harper’s Government – The Worst We Have Ever Had

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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Cowichan Conversations: Massive Support For Chief Teresa Spence-Just Twitter ‘Idle No More’

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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