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Politics and its Discontents: A Motivational Video

If Stephen Harper’s contempt for the things we hold dear as Canadians isn’t reason enough to vote, what is?

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Politics and its Discontents: He Said, She Said ….

Yesterday I wrote a post detailing a CTV report on the obstruction from the PMO over its refusal to hand over an email pertaining to the the Wright-Duffy Senate payoff scandal. The RCMP was reported as having been trying to obtain it for two months.

It seems the PMO has now moved into high propaganda . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: He Said, She Said ….

Politics and its Discontents: Judgemental? Yes

But true nonetheless:

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Politics and its Discontents: For Those Who Don’t Mind Gov’t Surveillance Because They Have Nothing To Hide

You might want to take a moment to read Rick Salutin’s thoughts on the implications of living in a country where environmentalists and others who oppose the government’s corporate agenda are regarded as terrorists.

As well, this Canadian Dimension piece might also give you pause.

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Politics and its Discontents: Shh! Don’t Ask!

I have to confess to feeling a small measure of guilt each time I reproduce someone else’s words with little editorializing on my part. Yet my ego is sufficiently robust to be able to acknowledge the fact that there are many others with views that merit space in this blog, views that are in . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Shh! Don’t Ask!

Politics and its Discontents: Let’s All Be Good, Quiescent Citizens, Eh?

It is no secret that this country, under the ‘leadership’ of the Harper cabal, has suffered a significant loss of democratic freedoms reflected in the abuse of and contempt for parliamentary procedure, the subversion of senate inquiries, the muzzling of civil servants, and the extollment of opacity in place of transparency (anyone made a . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Let’s All Be Good, Quiescent Citizens, Eh?

Politics and its Discontents: Is Our Freedom More Illusion Than Reality?

That is a question you may be prompted to ask yourself after reading this piece by Kevin Logan and watching the video below. Described therein are the measures and efforts designed to realize what I suspect is Mr. Harper’s fondest dream: a compliant, unquestioning, ‘disciplined’ and very passive populace, not surprisingly the same goal of . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Is Our Freedom More Illusion Than Reality?

Politics and its Discontents: Cry Me A River?

Can’t help but wonder if this is a salvo in the Conservative battle to undermine the credibility and legitimacy of Elections Canada, given the recent and past party ‘indiscretions’ that have come to the attention of that body.

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Politics and its Discontents: In Praise of Political Cartoonists

Where would we be without their pithy insights?

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Politics and its Discontents: A Sad Truth Here

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Politics and its Discontents: More From Our Friends at Canadians Rallying To Unseat Stephen Harper

I doubt that any of this requires further explanation.

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Politics and its Discontents: On Our Democratic Deficit

These Star readers, whether you agree with them or not, have some interesting perspectives to offer:

Re: Growing disconnect between Canadians and Parliament, May 2

Democracy is just a mirage, Letter May 5

Al Dunn is essentially correct in his characterization of democracy as it is generally practised today. But the fact . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: On Our Democratic Deficit

Politics and its Discontents: Stephen Harper – He’s Not Here For You

But of course I state the obvious here, don’t I? Nonetheless, for those who like regular and ongoing illustrations of the fact that the Prime Minister and his acolytes are in the thrall of ‘special interests,’ one need look no further than a report in today’s Toronto Star.

Currently, non-financial businesses are . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Stephen Harper – He’s Not Here For You

Politics and its Discontents: An Anniversary Many Would Like To Forget

In his column today, Tim Harper reminds us that yesterday marked the two-year anniversary of the Harper majority government.

It is hardly an occasion that progressives take delight in as columnist Harper makes reference to some of the regime’s retrograde policies and ‘achievements’:

– streamlined environmental regulatory reviews

– the formal . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: An Anniversary Many Would Like To Forget

Politics and its Discontents: The Dominoes of Democracy – Part 2

What is one of the chief effects of the Harper regime’s preference for an ideologically-based policy model over one premised on logic, facts and empirical evidence, as explored in my earlier post? The decline, perhaps even the demise, of a healthy democracy in which citizens are engaged and informed participants, thereby allowing an . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: The Dominoes of Democracy – Part 2

Politics and its Discontents: The Dominoes of Democracy – Part 2

What is one of the chief effects of the Harper regime’s preference for an ideologically-based policy model over one premised on logic, facts and empirical evidence, as explored in my earlier post? The decline, perhaps even the demise, of a healthy democracy in which citizens are engaged and informed participants, thereby allowing an . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: The Dominoes of Democracy – Part 2

Politics and its Discontents: This Can’t Be Healthy

As deeply suspicious and cynical as I am about institutions, it is probably not surprising that I view with a jaundiced eye the events surrounding the arrest of two terror suspects accused of a plot to blow up a Via Rail train. Many have asked questions about the sudden urgency of Harper’s rearranging the . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: This Can’t Be Healthy

Politics and its Discontents: The Perilous State of Democracy in Canada

Over the past year I have written several posts on the woeful state of democratic participation in Canada, a state I am convinced is at least in significant part due to the debasement of our traditions engineered by the Harper regime. Contempt of Par… . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: The Perilous State of Democracy in Canada

Politics and its Discontents: Whither Goest Democracy?

This thoughtful Star reader provides his answer: As I attended the Remembrance Day ceremony on Sunday, I thought of all those who died and suffered for our democracy. It made me very sad, sadder than in past years, to think of the current state of d… . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Whither Goest Democracy?

Politics and its Discontents: Stephen Harper’s Sins

On the day that Stephen Harper is to receive his World Statesman of the Year award from the Appeal of Conscience Foundation, presumably for his unstinting and uncritical support of Israel, the Huffington Post has a timely piece reminding us of some of the Prime Minister’s myriad failings on both the international and . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Stephen Harper’s Sins

Politics and its Discontents: Democratic Renewal

I just got back from my Algonquin trip, so just a very brief post. In skimming today’s Star, there is a very interesting piece by Bob Hepburn on efforts at democratic renewal in Canada to combat the ongoing Harper attack on citizen engagement and voter participation. Small seeds can yield tremendous fruit if properly . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Democratic Renewal

Politics and its Discontents: Registering My Disgust

Just a note for anyone looking to express their disgust at the award being given to Stephen Harper as World Statesman of the Year. I sent the following very brief note to Appeal of Conscience Foundation:

I just want to register my disgust with your decision to bestow on Stephen Harper the World Statesmen . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Registering My Disgust

Politics and its Discontents: Why Harper’s Award as World Statesman of the Year Is An Insult to All of Us

I cannot help but think that it is the Harper regime’s unqualified and uncritical support for Israel that accounts for his being named World Statesman of the Year by the Appeal of Conscience Foundation, founded by an American rabbi in 1965.

The state of Israel, which trumpets itself as some kind of democratic beacon . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Why Harper’s Award as World Statesman of the Year Is An Insult to All of Us

Politics and its Discontents: My Letter To My Tory M.P.

As mentioned in my previous post, the Harper Conservatives are starting to receive ‘blowback’ as a result of their heavy-handed and undemocratic push of Bill C-38, their budget omnibus bill. Now would seem to be a propitious time to express how we feel about M.P.s whose fealty to ‘Dear Leader’ renders impossible any . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: My Letter To My Tory M.P.