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Montreal Simon: Linda Frum’s Ghastly Assault on the Governor General

Linda Frum is one of the worst Con hacks in the Senate. And she's always getting into trouble on Twitter.Two years ago she caused a scandal, and made herself look like an idiot, by suggesting that Elections Canada shouldn't encourage Canadians… . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Linda Frum’s Ghastly Assault on the Governor General

CuriosityCat: Election 2015: Is the Liberal Party ready for October 20th?

Who will be our next PM? Probably Harper

We vote on October 19. It will be a cliffhanger, with final results only out early the next day. A minority government is possible, as the Poll Tracker shows with today’s results: The Poll Tracker’s polling average currently awards the Tories 29.3 per cent of the . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: Election 2015: Is the Liberal Party ready for October 20th?

Alberta Diary: Deputy Health Minister Janet Davidson’s compensation: glaring omission in Alberta Sunshine List coverage explained

Alberta Health Minister Fred Horne with Janet Davidson shortly after he announced her appointment as Deputy Minister in September 2013. Below: Service Alberta Deputy Minister Jay Ramotar; Lord Black of Crossharbour in his role as honourary lieutenant colonel of the Governor General’s Foot Guards.

And the top paid Alberta civil servant is … . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: Deputy Health Minister Janet Davidson’s compensation: glaring omission in Alberta Sunshine List coverage explained

THE CAREGIVERS' LIVING ROOM - A Blog by Donna Thomson: MY GIVING MOMENT – A New Canadian Action Plan

It was several years ago in London when I first met Canada’s Governor General David Johnston and his wife Sharon.  My husband Jim is retired now after 37 years in the diplomatic corps but between 2006 and 2011, he served as the High Commissioner (Ambassador) for Canada to the United Kingdom.  The Governor General is . . . → Read More: THE CAREGIVERS’ LIVING ROOM – A Blog by Donna Thomson: MY GIVING MOMENT – A New Canadian Action Plan

The Canadian Progressive: Full Text Of Throne Speech, Delivered By Gov. General David Johnston

Here is the full text of the throne speech, delivered by Governor General David Johnston in Parliament on Wednesday, October 16, 2013.

The post Full Text Of Throne Speech, Delivered By Gov. General David Johnston appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

Calgary Grit: King or Country

You may have missed it, since the story slipped largely under the radar, but a baby was born in England Monday.

As this post will show, I’m a staunch republican (the kind who want the monarchy out of Canada…not the kind who want to arm fetuses). Still, I don’t take offense to the hoopla . . . → Read More: Calgary Grit: King or Country

Polygonic: Of babies and bathwater: how Harper might be undermining the monarchy

The Constitution? Unborn Queens? Fascinating stuff (do not insert a “said no one, ever” after that please).

The scene unfolds thusly: Parliament recently approved a gender equity bill as regards which unelected English aristocrat may reign over us (such progressive times in which we live), that met little controversy or opposition – or even . . . → Read More: Polygonic: Of babies and bathwater: how Harper might be undermining the monarchy

Cowichan Conversations: A Matter of Honor: First Nations Appeal to The Queen

Richard ‘Hub’ Hughes- Political Blogger

Canadians following the ‘Idle No More’ efforts that have sprung up across the country by tuning in to the MSM will no doubt have a very shallow and generally bigoted account of what is happening and why.

Part of the reason is that very few of the journalists . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: A Matter of Honor: First Nations Appeal to The Queen

The Canadian Progressive: AFN update on meeting with PM Harper, Chief Spence and Idle No More

by Assembly of First Nations | Jan 16, 2013 The Assembly of First Nations (AFN) is pleased to offer this update regarding recent discussions, strategy sessions, meetings and developments regarding the First Nation-Crown relationship, and the continued priorities of First Nations in achieving change for our peoples, communities and nations. Meeting of First Nations Leaders . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: AFN update on meeting with PM Harper, Chief Spence and Idle No More

The Canadian Progressive: AFN National Chief Shawn Atleo sidelined by norovirus

by Assembly of First Nations, Jan 14, 2013: First Nations citizens have just witnessed one of the most important chapters in our recent history. Through the pressure of the grassroots, the sacrifices made by Chief Spence and her fellow strikers, and the work of many regional Chiefs and the National Executive of the AFN, we . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: AFN National Chief Shawn Atleo sidelined by norovirus

The Canadian Progressive: Chief Spence decries Harper’s “paternalistic relationship” with Aboriginals

For Immediate Release: January 11, 2013, Victoria Island, traditional territory of the Algonquian Peoples: Chief Theresa Spence is standing firm on her request that both Prime Minster and Governor General of Canada need to be present and participate at the meeting with First Nation leaders. This statement comes on the heels of the Governor General . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: Chief Spence decries Harper’s “paternalistic relationship” with Aboriginals

Cowichan Conversations: Misguided Journalist Terry Glavin Misunderstands ‘Idle No More’

Don Maroc-Cowichan Conversations Contributor

MISGUIDED VICTORIA JOURNALIST MISUNDERSTANDS IDLE NO MORE

by Don Maroc

Terry Glavin is a well know media commentator on all things cultural and political. He claims to be left-leaning although he doesn’t always come off that way in his books and regular column in the Ottawa Citizen.

In his . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: Misguided Journalist Terry Glavin Misunderstands ‘Idle No More’

The Canadian Progressive: In Ottawa, Thousands of #IdleNoMore And Allied Protesters Demand Real Change (PHOTOS)

by Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive | Jan 11, 2013 7.00 PM EST #IdleNoMore’s show of people-power forced Prime Minister Stephen Harper to stay for entire five hours of meeting with First Nations leaders. More than five thousand #IdleNoMore protesters gathered in Ottawa today as Prime Minister Stephen Harper and First Nations leaders held . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: In Ottawa, Thousands of #IdleNoMore And Allied Protesters Demand Real Change (PHOTOS)

Montreal Simon: Idle No More and the Great Confusion

Well I think it's safe to say that it was quite a day in my home and native's land eh?As if the great Ojibwa Mishipeshu of Lake Superior was thrashing its tail around and causing a great confusion. Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence says she won't be at a meeting Friday between First Nations leaders . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Idle No More and the Great Confusion

The Canadian Progressive: Again, hunger-striking Chief Spence calls on PM Harper, Governor General to meet

For immediate release: January 4, 2013, Victoria Island, traditional territory of the Algonquian Peoples: As Chief Theresa Spence enters into her twenty fifth day of her hunger strike, her message is becoming more crucial. “We are calling on the Prime Minister and the Governor General to meet with us. This is a crisis and we . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: Again, hunger-striking Chief Spence calls on PM Harper, Governor General to meet

The Canadian Progressive: PETITION: British Crown Must Honour Canada-First Nations Treaties, Revoke Bill C-45, And Fire Harper & GG

Dear British Crown: honour Canada-First Nations treaties, revoke Bill C-45, and immediately fire Prime Minister Harper and Governor General Johnston: Please sign the PETITION: British Crown Must Honour Canada-First Nations Treaties, Revoke Bill C-45 now! Petition text: On the 28th January 2013, just 6 hours before the Canadian Parliament resumes in Ottawa, one of the . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: PETITION: British Crown Must Honour Canada-First Nations Treaties, Revoke Bill C-45, And Fire Harper & GG

The Canadian Progressive: Idle No More at Ottawa’s Rideau Centre today

At the Idle No More event at Ottawa’s Rideau Centre today, I bore witness: I saw friendly activists handing out literature: I saw a poster that said “We Support Chief Spence”. Theresa Spence, the Chief of the Northern Ontario First Nation of Attawapiskat is in Day 20 of her hunger strike. She started her peaceful . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: Idle No More at Ottawa’s Rideau Centre today

Canadian Progressive World: Queen Elizabeth II, Canada’s “Bond Girl” Shines At The 2012 London Olympics

That’s right, our absentee head of state is the newest Bond girl. The Queen made her acting debut in the spectacular and humorous Bond sequence during the opening ceremony of the 2012 London Olympic Games. I think the Queen should take up acting.

Here are my three reasons:

First, the 86-year old is a bundle . . . → Read More: Canadian Progressive World: Queen Elizabeth II, Canada’s “Bond Girl” Shines At The 2012 London Olympics

A BCer in Toronto: Michaëlle Jean and memories of prorogations past

An interesting story came out this week offering some insight into former Governor General Michaëlle Jean’s decision to grant Stephen Harper’s Conservative government a prorogation of Parliament in 2008 when he was facing defeat at the hands of the Liberal/NDP coalition.

Constitutional scholar Peter Russell told OntarioNewsWatch.com this week that weighing on . . . → Read More: A BCer in Toronto: Michaëlle Jean and memories of prorogations past

Song of the Watermelon: Retiring the Monarchy

Alright, what longstanding Canadian institution shall we dispense with today?

Queen Elizabeth II has been all over the news of late in honour of her Diamond Jubilee. Never satisfied, some of those rabble-rousing muckrakers in the NDP have refused to join in the festivities. That killjoy Pat Martin in particular, MP for Winnipeg Centre, is . . . → Read More: Song of the Watermelon: Retiring the Monarchy

CuriosityCat: Stunning confirmation of voter suppression affecting the May 2 2011 election from Globe & Mail report

This report in today’s Globe & Mail on the results of surveys undertaken by Ekos of voter suppression is both alarming (in its confirmation that criminal acts were committed in several ridings), and significant  in its conclusion that the results in several ridings were affected by these criminal acts (my redlining and underlining): The . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: Stunning confirmation of voter suppression affecting the May 2 2011 election from Globe & Mail report

somecanuckchick dot com: Demand a Royal Commission, Canada!

FACT: Only the Harper government can call for a judicial inquiry into the Robocalls Scandal… and that ain’t gonna happen, Canada!

Would you like a Royal Commission to investigate the Robocalls Scandal?

Would you like to know how you can make that happen, Canada?

Contact the Governor General and demand a Royal . . . → Read More: somecanuckchick dot com: Demand a Royal Commission, Canada!

Montreal Simon: Should the Governor General Fire the Cons?

Well I see Great RoboCon Leader is accusing the opposition of conducting a smear campaign.

Stephen Harper is now categorically denying the Conservative Party machine was behind misleading robo-calls that confused voters in Guelph and elsewhere, calling the entire matter a “smear campaign” by the NDP and Liberals.

Because when it comes to smear . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Should the Governor General Fire the Cons?

THE FIFTH COLUMN: The Coalition is Dead – Someone Tell Stephen Harper

The idea of a coalition government is dead for the simple reason that it is not in Michael Ignatieff’s political interest to enter into a coalition that would require him to share power. Although it is in his political interest not to contradict Stephe… . . . → Read More: THE FIFTH COLUMN: The Coalition is Dead – Someone Tell Stephen Harper

MadLibMadLib: Election Called for May 2

The Governor General, as expected, has agreed to drop the writ and dissolve parliament.

The first day of the election period seems to be shaping up to be about the coalition and whether or not the Canadian public is being lied to by the Liberal Party and their sneaky agenda to run a coalition through . . . → Read More: MadLibMadLib: Election Called for May 2