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Politics and its Discontents: Today’s Score: Harper Base 1, True Canadians 0

My previous post reflected on the Faustian nature of Chris Alexander’s rise to prominence within the Harper regime. Further evidence of his moral departure from true Canadian values is reflected in this breaking news, which suggests that Canada is preparing to admit Syrian refugees, but only if they fit certain criteria, the biggest one being . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Today’s Score: Harper Base 1, True Canadians 0

Politics and its Discontents: Chris Alexander’s Faustian Pact

By all accounts, before he entered politics, Immigration Minister Chris Alexander was a competent and respected member of Canada’s foreign service; his resume includes the fact that he was Canada’s first resident Ambassador to Afghanistan. The lustre attending his career, however, has vanished since he become a member of the Harper cabinet, surely a . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Chris Alexander’s Faustian Pact

Politics and its Discontents: Not In My Name, Please

In a regime rife with duplicity, one of the most dishonest aspects of the Harper cabal is its endless capacity to pretend that the decisions it makes and the legislation it enacts are being done ‘for the people’. One of most recent examples of this egregious misrepresentation is the decision by the federal government . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Not In My Name, Please

Politics and its Discontents: Tory Attacks on the Canadian Soul

To suggest that the Harper regime is working relentlessly to diminish the Canadian soul is hardly a remarkable insight. Examples abound of its flinty resolve to undermine traditional Canadian values and virtues, compassion and fairness apparently at the top of its ‘hit list’.

But while the Conservatives seek to remake Canada . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Tory Attacks on the Canadian Soul

Politics and its Discontents: Sayed Shah Sharifi Arrives In Canada

Thanks to the doggedness of The Toronto Star, for whom social justice and journalistic integrity are more than mere words, the long tale of Sayed Shah Sharifi, the Afghan interpreter, is finally over.

In a world where victories are often few and far between for the ‘good guys,’ today is a day . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Sayed Shah Sharifi Arrives In Canada

Politics and its Discontents: A Victory To Celebrate

I have expressed more than once in this blog my opinion that the Harper regime aims to make Canadians feel powerless and disenfranchised, thereby facilitating the government’s efforts to remake Canada in its own calloused corporatist image. Once in a while, however, a victory comes along to remind us that we still have . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: A Victory To Celebrate

Politics and its Discontents: Making Political Hay

Well, you have to hand it to them. The Harper regime never forgoes an opportunity to exploit tragedy:

In an interview airing on CBC’s Power & Politics on Friday, Citizenship and Immigration Minister Jason Kenney said “clearly the recent rash of gun crime in Toronto is connected to criminal gun activity, and . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Making Political Hay

Politics and its Discontents: Embarrassing The Harper Government

The rhetoric about overpaid doctors notwithstanding, I suspect the public loves it as much as I do when the medical profession defends its principles and embarrasses Tory lap dogs in the process.

As reported in today’s Star, although it is not something they are used to doing, doctors feel it is morally incumbent upon . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Embarrassing The Harper Government

Politics and its Discontents: The Ripple Effect?

I wonder if Dr. Chris Keefer’s sterling example helped inspire this.

Interesting that because they disagree with his cutting of refugee-claimants’ health care, protesters are identified by Immigration Minister Jason Kenney as ‘extremists.’

As opposed to what, enablers? Recommend this Post . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: The Ripple Effect?