Politics and its Discontents: Would You Hug A Terrorist?

There is no question that here in the West, we like to treat almost as an embarrassment; we sanitize it, hide it away in hospitals and palliative care units, and conduct our lives with a kind of cognitive dissonance, believing on some level that while it happens to others, somehow an exception will be made ...

Politics and its Discontents: Some Inspiration From Kevin Page

There is an excellent piece in this morning’s Star by outgoing Parliamentary Budget Officer Kevin Page. In it, he talks about how his son’s death was the catalyst for his abandoning a natural desire for job security and his subsequent pursuit of the job which has incurred so much Harper wrath while at the same ...

Politics and its Discontents: My Letter To My Tory M.P.

As mentioned in my previous post, the Harper Conservatives are starting to receive ‘blowback’ as a result of their heavy-handed and undemocratic push of Bill C-38, their budget omnibus bill. Now would seem to be a propitious time to express how we feel about M.P.s whose fealty to ‘Dear Leader’ renders impossible any meaningful representation ...

Politics and its Discontents: It’s Time To Show Some National Self-Respect

When I was a child, I was afraid of many people: my teachers, who believed in strapping and slapping us as early as Grade One, school bullies who periodically picked on me, and some of the thuggish people residing in my working-class neighbourhood who enjoyed verbally assaulting those even more powerless than themselves. It didn’t ...

Politics and its Discontents: Another Event That Conservative M.P. David Sweet Will Not Attend

For those living in my neck of the woods, the following may be of interest. Unfortunately, due to a prior commitment, I can’t attend. And, although it will come as no surprise except perhaps to the naive or politically ignorant, neither will my M.P., Conservative David Sweet, a decision his sycophantic followers no doubt concur ...

Politics and its Discontents: An Independent M.P. Condemns Harper Omnibus Bill

I was just reading my weekly community paper, and my M.P., the disingenuous David Sweet, indulges in a debasement of language befitting Orwell’s 1984. For example, despite the tremendous havoc the Harper omnibus bill will wreak on environmental protection, Sweet says that under Bill C-38, “environmental initiatives will not be diminished at all.” A refreshing ...

Politics and its Discontents: Sign, Sign, Everywhere a Sign

A few pictures and signs from last night’s protest near Conservative M.P David Sweet’s constituency office. As in the previous protest against Bill C- 38, we were prevented from demonstrating in front of his office by the Hamilton Police, on orders from the property owner, Kevin Vanderlaan (IPC Investments). A few of us arrived early ...

Politics and its Discontents: Another Failure of the Press

I had an experience yesterday that served only to deepen my cynicism about the mainstream press (The Toronto Star being the sole exception). I called The Hamilton Spectator’s Stephanie Crozier to suggest that her story about Saturday’s protest at the constituency office of my Conservative M.P., David Sweet, had overlooked an important element, the fact ...

Politics and its Discontents: Another Way To Fight Omnibus Bill C-38

I received the following from one of the people I was protesting with the other day near Conservative M.P. David Sweet’s constuency office. It offers yet another tool in the fight against Haper’s undemocratic push to remake Canada in his image: I know many of you are upset and outraged about the 2012 Budget Bill ...

Politics and its Discontents: Gated Democracy? – Protesting The Harper Omnibus Budget Bill – Part 2

Yesterday I got a glimpse of the kind of democratic expression that is considered acceptable under the Harper regime. It is one that I found profoundly disturbing. Almost a week ago I wrote a post describing a march organized by Leadnow.ca to the constituency office of my Conservative M.P., David Sweet. Yesterday, another demonstration to ...

Politics and its Discontents: A Short But Not So Sweet Letter

Here is a copy of the letter that I just fired off to my Conservative Member of Parliament, David Sweet: Dear Mr. Sweet, Although I am sure you are only too aware of the hypocrisy involved, it seems more than passing strange that your government should suddenly cancel the Katimavik program, leaving in the lurch ...

Politics and its Discontents: There’s No Business Like Snow Business

When I was young, there used to be a polite term for B.S. We called it a snow job, and that seems as apt a description as any of the latest Harper government capitulation to the cancerous tentacles of unfettered capitalism running virtually unchecked throughout this country thanks to our ‘leader’s’ diseased love of all ...

Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Afternoon Links

Assorted content to end your weekend. – Of course the ongoing leadership race will do plenty to determine the NDP’s future direction. But for those thinking all will be quiet in the meantime, Nycole Turmel isn’t missing the opportunity to highlight the the Cons’ attacks on workers. – New Scientist traces the connections between 147 ...

Politics and its Discontents: David Sweet’s Video Appearance

While Conservative M.P. David Sweet is coming under criticism after his appearance in a video honouring James Hubley, a gay teen who was bullied before his suicide, I have a different interpretation of his participation which I am sure many will disagree with (which is fine, by the way). I gather that the controversy surrounding ...

A sticky sweet situation for Conservative MP

No, that’s not a heavy metal singer. But it is just in time for Hallowe’en. If you asked Conservative MP David Sweet in 2002 what he thought of homosexuality, his answer would have been deeply negative, if not incendiary. As president of the icky men-only Promise Keepers during that time, he would have probably told you ...

Politics and its Discontents: A Reminder to My MP

I am a great believer in holding our politicians to account. Even though they may prove to be ultimately meaningless gestures, letters to our elected representatives at the very least remind them that their opposition is not simply going to give up and accept the atrocities they commit in our names. the following is the ...

Politics and its Discontents: The Asbestos Wars – My Respone To The Position Of My Conservative MP

Given Canada’s unconscionable ongoing export of death (i.e., asbestos) and given that it is back in the media spotlight thanks to the brave efforts of Michaela Keyserlingk, about whom I wrote a brief posting yesterday, now seems a propitious moment to post the response I wrote to my Member of Parliament, David Sweet, on June ...

Pushed to the Left and Loving It: REAL Women, Promise Keepers and the Promotion of Violence

I Burned my Bra For This? REAL Women of Canada and the Men Behind Them It is a massive masculine shadow, in a hall or crowded room, lifting something indistinct up into the resonating night.ROBERT BLY, “FIFTY MALES SITTING TOGETHER” Robert Bly is an American author and poet who became the inspiration for the Mytho-poetic ...