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Alberta Politics: Deconstructing political discourse in Alberta: Doublethink is alive and well in recessionary Wild Rose Country

PHOTOS: Parson Manning spreads the Gospel of Market Fundamentalism in his days as leader of the Reform Party of Alberta. The actual neoliberal preacher-men of Confederation may not appear exactly as illustrated. Photo grabbed from Elmer Gantry, the mov… . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: Deconstructing political discourse in Alberta: Doublethink is alive and well in recessionary Wild Rose Country

Democracy Under Fire: Gob-smacking!

“It was possibly the most gob-smacking election launch in modern Canadian history.” So says much respected parliamentary reporter Susanna Kelley 

“The shockers began almost immediately after Stephen Harper announced he’d asked the Governor General to dissolve parliament and call an election for October 19 — at 78 days, it will be among the . . . → Read More: Democracy Under Fire: Gob-smacking!

Democracy Under Fire: Buying Your Vote

Rumours circulating that Harper will extend the official campaign period by calling the election early may well have some merit given that his “Fair” Election Act specifically allows more spending on advertising during such extended period.The Fair Elections Act also increases election spending for political parties, candidates and nomination contestants. Using last election’s numbers, it . . . → Read More: Democracy Under Fire: Buying Your Vote

Democracy Under Fire: More Public Money on False Ads

As the Conservative Regime move forward with their new branding efforts in an attempt to persuade the public that they are the greatest thing since the 1936 regime in Germany we learn that “the Conservative government has booked $13.5 million for an all-out blitzin April and May to advertise its 2015 pre-election budget.”

Now . . . → Read More: Democracy Under Fire: More Public Money on False Ads

Democracy Under Fire: Shorter Federal Budget

We intend to spend more than we bring in during the next year, much of it buying votes from higher earning taxpayers, but because we sold off our GM shares and took $2 billion out of reserves we HOPE the books will show a little left over by this time next year. Our current . . . → Read More: Democracy Under Fire: Shorter Federal Budget

Democracy Under Fire: Balanced-Budget Law, fiscal or political?

With Canadians still waiting to see whats in the much delayed budget Finance Minister Joe Oliver has just announced plans for a balanced-budget law (as promised by the Conservatives in the 2013 throne speech). Call me a cynic but after having inherited a 13.8 Billion surplus from the Liberals and having then spent it . . . → Read More: Democracy Under Fire: Balanced-Budget Law, fiscal or political?

Democracy Under Fire: Careful what you vote for….

As with all of the Conservative Regimes legislation one must CAREFULLY read each word……

…….this House continues to support the Government?s decision to contribute Canadian military assets to the fight against lSlL, and terrorists aligned with lSlL, including air strike capability with authorisation to conduct airstrikes in lraq and Syria; supports the . . . → Read More: Democracy Under Fire: Careful what you vote for….

Democracy Under Fire: In Government We Trust?

As I review the actions of the Harper Regime since coming to power for my Harper History Series, an undertaking that one must take in very small bites if one is to retain one composure and sanity, I have been thinking a great deal about the choices before us and why we support one . . . → Read More: Democracy Under Fire: In Government We Trust?

Democracy Under Fire: Truth in Advertising.

As Susan Delacourt of the Star said this week if you are sick of political advertising now wait until next year and she goes on to highlight a recent blog post by former Conservative MP Brent Rathgeber wherein he says “It is shameful how a supposedly conservative government wastes tax dollars on blatant, self- . . . → Read More: Democracy Under Fire: Truth in Advertising.

Democracy Under Fire: Electioneering on our Dime?

We all know that we are inundated with TV advertisements promoting the Harper “government” in thev egis of telling citizens about their “plan” or some other “program” non of which actualy tell the watcher anything that will help them actually access said programs. Does anyone actually go to that web page they promote? We now . . . → Read More: Democracy Under Fire: Electioneering on our Dime?

Democracy Under Fire: Naturalists Targeted by Canada Revenue Agency

First they came for the environmentalists and the activists. Then they came for the scientists. Then they came for those who fight poverty, and help the poor. Now they’ve come for the birdwatchers.

The Kitchener-Waterloo Field Naturalists, a registered charity, is apparently at risk of breaking tax agency rules that limit so-called political or . . . → Read More: Democracy Under Fire: Naturalists Targeted by Canada Revenue Agency

Democracy Under Fire: And so it starts……

The first volleys in the election war to come that is, we have our ‘fearless leader’ “protecting Canadians” by sending a few planes and a handful of personnel over to Iran to drop a few bombs on the terrorist hordes. We have the first of many more to come promises designed to buy your . . . → Read More: Democracy Under Fire: And so it starts……

The Canadian Progressive: Harper’s Orwellian “Fair Elections” Act Violates Canadian Constitution

by: Obert Madondo

Prime Minister Stephen Harper. Photo by Remy Steinegger

The Harper Conservatives’ Bill C-23, the so-called “Fair Elections” Act, violates Section 3 of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

It’s clear the Conservatives are preparing to steal the 2015 federal election. Bill C-23 is part of their ongoing war on the politically-marginalized. . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: Harper’s Orwellian “Fair Elections” Act Violates Canadian Constitution

The Canadian Progressive: Canada Doublespeak Watch: Kent, environmentalists & “money laundering”

By: Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive | Mar 7, 2013: The Harper Government is increasingly using doublespeak to stifle the democratic conversation on the issues of our time, including: the Alberta tar sands. It’s quite possible that this government has studied Joseph Goebbels. First, let’s take a look at the one where Stephen Harper’s . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: Canada Doublespeak Watch: Kent, environmentalists & “money laundering”

Boreal Citizen: Boreal greenwashing: Mill-town politics in Northern Ontario

Every extractive capitalist economy needs a mechanism that allows corporate heavyweights to snuggle up with elected officials. In the US, there’s American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), and if you haven’t yet been horrified by Bill Moyers’ piece on how ALEC essentially enables corporations to write state laws, you’re in for a treat.

Where I live, . . . → Read More: Boreal Citizen: Boreal greenwashing: Mill-town politics in Northern Ontario

Dead Wild Roses: Orwell Day – Better late than Never

Orwell day was January 21st, and of course, I missed it. Media Lens did not miss the boat and has an article up laced with the sort of irony and breathtaking self-deception that Orwell fought against.

“January 21, ‘Orwell Day’, marked the 63rd anniversary of George Orwell’s death, Steven Poole notes in the Guardian. . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: Orwell Day – Better late than Never

Politics and its Discontents: Seismic Activity Reported In Sutton Courtenay, Oxfordshire, England

In one of the best examples of doublespeak I have encountered in a long time, Ontario Finance Minister had this to say about wage freezes and bargaining rights yesterday:

“Bargaining in good faith is not only the right choice to make, the Supreme Court of Canada requires it,” the finance minister said, emphasizing the goal . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Seismic Activity Reported In Sutton Courtenay, Oxfordshire, England