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LeDaro: Stephen Harper: Final Curtain

I posted the video below while ago. I hope come October 2015 it will be final curtain for Stephen Harper. It is about hosting the G8 and G20 meeting in Toronto and spending $1.1 billion on it. He loves every opportunity for photo-op to promote himself.

The Canadian Progressive: Pro-business Harper Conservatives coddling tax havens, tax cheats

By: Obert Madondo Twitter: @Obiemad

An Alberta businessman is included in a massive online database of secret tax-haven names released to the public on Friday by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists. David Ghermezian, the president of the West Edmonton Mall, is linked to a British Virgin Islands-registered company called Regal Mega Malls Development Corp, . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: Pro-business Harper Conservatives coddling tax havens, tax cheats

The Canadian Progressive: Harper must act on tax havens and transparency at G8 summit: Oxfam

By: Oxfam Canada | Press Release

Oxfam Canada urges Prime Minister Stephen Harper to help end global hunger by supporting strong steps at the G8 summit to close tax havens and lift the secrecy that enables massive global tax evasion.

June 10, 2013 – Oxfam Canada urges Prime Minister Stephen Harper to help end global . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: Harper must act on tax havens and transparency at G8 summit: Oxfam

The Canadian Progressive: What Paulo Coelho and other global leaders tweeted about at World Economic Forum in Davos

by Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive, Jan. 31, 2013: Let’s agree in one point: we can have anything, but we CAN’T have everything #wef — Paulo Coelho (@paulocoelho) January 25, 2013 The tweet by Paulo Coelho, the world-renowned Brazilian author of The Alchemist, was one of the most popular of world leaders’ reflections during . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: What Paulo Coelho and other global leaders tweeted about at World Economic Forum in Davos

Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links

This and that for your Tuesday reading.

– Plenty of commentators are rightly speaking out against the Cons’ anti-democratic omnibus bill, including Tim Harper and the Star-Phoenix and Vancouver Sun editorial boards. And even John Ivison can’t muster much more than “but the Libs did it too!” in defence of the Harper government’s abuses.

. . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links

Occupy Ottawa: Adbusters: Occupy May 2012 NATO and G8 Chicago Summit

Hey you redeemers, rebels and radicals out there, Against the backdrop of a global uprising that is simmering in dozens of countries and thousands of cities and towns, the G8 and NATO will hold a …Read More

Impolitical: Clement’s G8 hangover continues

A lot going on in this thorough Canadian Press story on the latest documents to be uncovered relating to the G8 spending in Tony Clement’s riding of Muskoka. I’ll just go with this excerpt as one that jumped out: Mr. Dodds’ recollections also raise questions as to why Auditor General Sheila Fraser found no paper . . . → Read More: Impolitical: Clement’s G8 hangover continues

JimBobby Sez: Mocha in Muskoka

Whooee! Well, friends an’ foes, ol’ Dr. Dawg wrote hisself a parody version of ol’ Merle Haggard’s Okie from Muskokee an’ it’s all about how Tony Clement took $50 million earmarked for border security an’ spent it on fixin’ up his stompin’ grounds so’s… . . . → Read More: JimBobby Sez: Mocha in Muskoka

JimBobby Sez: Mocha in Muskoka

Whooee! Well, friends an’ foes, ol’ Dr. Dawg wrote hisself a parody version of ol’ Merle Haggard’s Okie from Muskokee an’ it’s all about how Tony Clement took $50 million earmarked for border security an’ spent it on fixin’ up his stompin’ grounds so’s he’d be sure an’ get hisself re-elected. DawgFeller called his version . . . → Read More: JimBobby Sez: Mocha in Muskoka

Accidental Deliberations: Parliament in Review: November 2, 2011

Wednesday, November 2 saw the House of Commons debate two bills dealing with democratic reform. And the result was a remarkable gap between the values the Harper Cons presented in justifying their party’s policy orders, and the ones they actually apply in practice.

The Big Issue

The bill which received the most public attention – . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Parliament in Review: November 2, 2011

Harper shutting out auditor general from Commons committee meetings

I’ve largely refrained the past few weeks from posting about the grossly anti-democratic manner in which our government has chosen to conduct itself. Other bloggers have been documenting the atrocities better than I could and let’s face it, the whole corrupt Contemptuous mess has me silenced. For once.

But this tidbit says in a nutshell . . . → Read More: Harper shutting out auditor general from Commons committee meetings

Accidental Deliberations: Parliament In Review: October 31, 2011

Monday, October 31 saw a study in contrasts as two matters were debated in the House of Commons: a private member’s bill which understandably saw broad agreement, and an opposition motion which should have but was instead met with a painful level of denial from the Cons.

The Big IssueThat of course would be Claude . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Parliament In Review: October 31, 2011

A Little Juxtaposition

On one hand we have the Conservatives fifty million dollar G8 slush fund complete with two senior government ministers saying yeah so what if we broke the rules ,you can’t touch us. Yet despite the malodorous stench of accounting irregularities and possible criminality both the Auditor General and the RCMP take a pass on mounting . . . → Read More: A Little Juxtaposition

Accidental Deliberations: Like that’ll work

Sure, a reasonable government would have some shame over its obvious doctoring of Hansard. But isn’t the most likely outcome of the NDP’s new complaint for Clement’s departmental officials to formally certify that no such committee hearing ever took place?

Update: Or that would make sense too – particularly if John Baird starts declaring that . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Like that’ll work

Impolitical: He was a skater boy…

24 hours in the life of Tony Clement. Let’s see how it shapes up these days. First, there’s more bad news on the G8 file: The Canadian Press came out with new revelations Monday detailing the $2-million spent to renovate Deerhurst Resort, the venue for the summit. This included $3,000 to raise a large chandelier . . . → Read More: Impolitical: He was a skater boy…

Accidental Deliberations: Monday Afternoon Links

Miscellaneous material for your Monday reading.

– Barrie McKenna thoroughly debunks the claim that “financial literacy” alone is enough to put ordinary citizens on a level playing field with the financial industry: Looking to financial literacy to fill the void is like asking ordinary Canadians to be their own brain surgeons and airline pilots. The . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Monday Afternoon Links

Accidental Deliberations: Parliament In Review: October 26, 2011

Wednesday, October 26 saw a rare opportunity for the opposition parties to set the agenda. And as a result, the big issue was one which the Cons prefer to discuss as little as possible – even if it’s far more relevant to more Canadians than most of the Harper government’s distraction tactics.

The Big Issue

. . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Parliament In Review: October 26, 2011

Accidental Deliberations: Parliament In Review: October 25, 2011

Tuesday, October 25 saw another day of discussion about the Canadian Wheat Board. But this time, the topic of debate was set on the opposition’s terms, as the proceedings focused on Niki Ashton’s motion calling to allow grain producers to vote for them… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Parliament In Review: October 25, 2011

Accidental Deliberations: Too close to home

Yes, the threat of a slander suit probably had something to do with Gerry Ritz’ desperate retreat after attacking the Canadian Wheat Board. But more important is the significance of Ritz’ allegation based on what his own party has done: if one consider… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Too close to home

Accidental Deliberations: Parliament In Review: October 20, 2011

The main topic of debate on Thursday, October 20 was the Canadian Wheat Board – with extensive discussion in Parliament of both the Cons’ steps to shut down debate, and the substance of what should happen with the Wheat Board.The Big IssueThe passage o… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Parliament In Review: October 20, 2011

Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Morning Links

This and that for your Thursday reading.- Stephen Maher nicely summarizes Tony Clement’s sad committee appearance yesterday:The evidence shows that Clement chose the projects himself, in some kind of mysterious process in his riding office. He has stea… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Morning Links

Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material for your mid-week reading.- I’d think it’s long past the time where any informed observer could cling to hope that the Harper Cons see good government as a goal worth pursuing. But Dan Gardner points out the role that Parliament … . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links

Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Afternoon Links

Assorted content for your afternoon reading.- Lawrence Martin argues that with an NDP Official Opposition at the same time as the effects of inequality and greed continue to send shockwaves across the globe, there’s no time like the present for Canada … . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Afternoon Links

Accidental Deliberations: Parliament In Review: October 17, 2011

Monday, October 17 saw the Cons cut off debate on second reading of their budget bill. Not surprisingly, the day thus focused in large part on the economy – including some noteworthy pushback against the brand the Cons have spent hundreds of millions o… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Parliament In Review: October 17, 2011

Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Morning Links

Assorted content for your weekend reading.- Marc Lee reminds us that income disparities are only a small part of the picture of an increasingly unequal economy – with wealth inequality looking far worse:These numbers are striking, with 58% of wealth in… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Morning Links