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The Canadian Progressive: Wasteful taxpayer-funded propaganda must stop, Harper told

Independent watchdog Democracy Watch calls on the Auditor General to audit the Conservatives ads, and on Harper to stop the taxpayer-funded propaganda.

The post Wasteful taxpayer-funded propaganda must stop, Harper told appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

Politics and its Discontents: Let The Sun Shine

Like the vampires of fiction who cling to the darkness as they carry out their nefarious, life-depleting ravages on their prey, the Harper regime best operates in the dark, away from the light of public scrutiny as it continues to suck the vitality out of our democracy. (Sorry for the lurid metaphor, but it . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Let The Sun Shine

THE CANADIAN PROGRESSIVE: Democracy Watch files integrity complaint against Toronto Mayor Rob Ford

National watchdog organization Democracy Watch has filed a complaint with the Toronto Integrity Commissioner about inside lobbying by Rob Ford and Doug Ford on behalf of companies with ties to their family company.

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Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material to start your week.

– Paul Krugman compares the U.S.’ longtime recognition that concentrated wealth can do massive social harm to the Republicans’ recent efforts to claim that raising any revenue from the rich is somehow un-American: The truth is that, in the early 20th century, many leading Americans warned about the dangers . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links

Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Here, featuring my suggestion to minimize the damage done by the Senate even if constitutional change isn’t on the table.

The column was intended largely to respond to the camp whose every reaction to Senate issues is to declare there’s nothing we can do but put up with the status quo.

But there may well . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: New column day

The Canadian Progressive | News & Analysis: Canada’s Information Commissioner to probe Harper’s muzzling of scientists

By: Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive:   Canada’s Information Commissioner Suzanne Legault has acceded to a request by the Environmental Law Centre at the University of Victoria and Democracy Watch to investigate the Harper government’s muzzling of federal scientists, says a report in the Toronto Star. The request had asked her office to investigate . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive | News & Analysis: Canada’s Information Commissioner to probe Harper’s muzzling of scientists

Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links

This and that for your Tuesday reading.- Lawrence Martin’s take on Robocon doesn’t offer much by way of new information, but nicely sums up exactly what deliberate vote suppression and electoral fraud should mean for a governing party:At issue here is … . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links

Politics and its Discontents: Democracy Watch’s Indictment of Harper Government Hypocrisy

The following concise indictment of Harper corruption and hypocrisy says a great deal, doesn’t it?

PM’s ex-aide charged with fraud, July 28

The federal Conservatives responded to the influence-peddling charges that Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s former adviser Bruce Carson is facing by with this statement: “Any individual who doesn’t respect our . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Democracy Watch’s Indictment of Harper Government Hypocrisy

Canadian Progressive World: Elections Canada keeps rulings secret on 2,982 complaints since 1997

Federal politicians continue to fail to require disclosure of key information to ensure the Canada Elections Act is enforced fairly and effectively OTTAWA, April 16, 2012 – Today, Democracy Watch released its analysis of Elections Canada’s enforcement of the Canada Elections … Continue reading →

A Different Point of View....: Three Part Series: What progressive groups must do to defeat, or stymie, the Harper regime

Canada’s progressive community needs to make some significant changes if it hopes to slow down the assault being carried out on the country by Stephen Harper’s Conservatives and their right-wing allies.   

The observations and suggestions I will make in this three-part series are based on what I was able to learn during 16 years . . . → Read More: A Different Point of View….: Three Part Series: What progressive groups must do to defeat, or stymie, the Harper regime

A Different Point of View....: The big robo-calling question: will anyone go to jail?

Two important questions arise concerning the robo-calling scandal:

Good investigative journalism could break this affair wide open, but will the owners of the Harper-friendly corporate media allow their journalists to go beyond normal reporting and do the hard work necessary to get to the very bottom of this dark story?

And, if a “smoking gun” . . . → Read More: A Different Point of View….: The big robo-calling question: will anyone go to jail?