H/t Michael Nabert
Never should one industry get to write Canada’s environmental law. Never should one industry get to rewrite Canada’s treaties. Never should one industry be listened to over the voice of tens of thousands of protesting citizens.
Yet that is exactly what has happened, according to Yan Roberts and others who have . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: The Harper Attack On The Environment – Part Three
Continuing the series I started the other day, here is another excerpt from Science Under Attack, a chapter in Elizabeth May’s memoir Who We Are.
Much of that chapter is devoted to the science of climate change, a science that, although constantly under attack by the ignorant and the well-funded climate-change denial industry, is . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: The Harper Attack On The Environment – Part Two
I am currently reading Elizabeth May’s Who We Are: Reflection On My Life And Canada, a political memoir in which her love for her adopted country, Canada, is apparent on each page.
Since we are now in an election year, I believe it incumbent upon all of us to remind as many as possible . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: The Harper Attack On The Environment – Part One
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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It would seem that Chad Beharriell of Windsor has Natural Resource Minister Joe Oliver’s number:
Make transition to a green economy
Like a dinosaur that can see the comet coming, Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver is now reaching for the public relations panic button as he sees growing resistance across the globe to unchecked . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: A Stinging Indictment Of Joe Oliver And The Harper Mentality
As our Cuban friends’ visit continues, we are trying to give them a sampling of life in Canada. Yesterday we went to the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto; the first exhibition hall we entered there was the one devoted to Canada’s aboriginal peoples, where we came upon a work by Norval Morriseau entitled Migration, . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: A Reminder Of Our Place
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.
Recommend this Post . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: For Those Who Don’t Mind Gov’t Surveillance Because They Have Nothing To Hide
I guess it doen’t take much to stun a climate-change denier like Harper:
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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?
Sometimes the truth can be ugly indeed.
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Because he doesn’t maintain his own blog yet offers blistering commentary that lacerates the pretensions of his subjects, I am once more placing as a guest post the searing analysis The Salmander offered in response to my post on the hypocrisy of that old young man, Pierre Poilievre, currently one of Harper’s favorite . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Guest Commentary From The Salamander On Pierre Poilievre And The Company he Keeps
…for anyone within the Conservative cabal to heed its words. Nonetheless, enjoy this well-considered editorial form today’s edition of The Star:
Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his hyper-aggressive natural resources minister Joe Oliver are rapidly turning doubt about Canada’s bitumen into bitter opposition.
Oliver, who travelled to Europe this past week to promote . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: This Makes Too Much Sense
They certainly seem to be singing from the same hymn book.
Orwellian and hypocritical are inadequate descriptors of this little twit:
And speaking of Orwellian, how else might one describe the “Working Families Flexibility Act?”
The Harperites must be salivating. Recommend this Post . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Is Pierre Poilivre Related To Joe Oliver?
My friend LeDaro often posts videos that depict the world around us, poignant reminders of what we are so blithely destroying through our heedless consumerism and governments that know the price of everything but the value of nothing. In this, the slavish promotion of the tarsands by the Harper regime and its henchmen (Joe Oliver, . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: The World We Are Destroying
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
While acknowledging that Ontario politics is likely of little interest to those living outside the province, I think there is much wisdom in former U.S. Speaker of the House Tip O’Neill’s observation that “All politics is local.” If it affects a constituent ‘where he or she lives,’ either in the physical or the mental/philosophical . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Some Thoughts From An Ontario Perspective – UPDATED
As is so often the case, Star readers eloquently speak on issues close to the hearts of many. Reproduced below are two from this morning’s edition that address the Harper regime’s wholesale abandonment of environmental responsibility.
As well, here is a link to an Al Jazeera video report of our country’s shameful . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: More On Harper’s Dereliction of Environmental Responsibilites
As noted recently, the Harper regime, in its bottomless contempt and disregard for the environment, recently opened up the possibility of drilling for oil in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, another unpleasant fact hidden deep within the arcana of Omnibus Bill C-38. Happily, this fact was brought to the public’s attention by the . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: More on Drilling for Oil in the Gulf of St. Lawrence
That I am a faithful subscriber to the Toronto Star is in large measure due to its strong cadre of journalists and the capacity of its letter-writers for critical thinking. Rarely the reactionary, carping and simplistic fare to be found in many newspapers, Star letters reflect a readership that is unwilling to accept . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Critical Thinking From Star Readers
Those who believe the Harper propaganda that the changes to environmental oversight contained in Omnibus Bill C-38 are simply ‘housekeeping’ and ‘streamlining’ measures may find this notification from the National Energy Board of interest:
As a result of the amendments to section 118, the Board no longer requires applicants for oil and . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Exposing More Harper Lies
Given Calgary’s recent designation as the “greatest city in Canada” and the entire province enjoying sainthood status under the current Prime Minister, it is with some trepidation that I draw your attention to a story that could get me labelled as divisive and an environmental terrorist.
In a column that challenges government . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: On Pipeline Safety
I have to start this brief entry by invoking an old cliche: the best defense is a strong offense. That certainly seems to be the strategy ‘Environment’ Minister Peter Kent is pulling out of his very limited playbook at the UN conference on the environment in Rio as he intones that Canada must . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: The Incomparably Incompetent Peter Kent
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.