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Politics and its Discontents: Another Portrait Of Engaged Citizenry

There are many causes worth fighting for. This is definitely one of them.

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Politics and its Discontents: A Grim Reminder Of Who Is Leading Our Country

It’s a dreary rainy morning in my part of the country, so this rather grim reminder of present political realities seems appropriate if one is familiar with the notion of pathetic fallacy.

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Politics and its Discontents: Powerful Words From Cornell West

Although he is addressing an audience in NYC, Cornell West‘s words are equally applicable on this side of the border. They seem especially important given the Harper regime’s many efforts to tear down Canadian values and the obligations we have to one another as both citizens and human beings.

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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: Are Canadians Experiencing Buyers’ Remorse?

Many of us who blog, tweet, or post political views on Facebook cannot, I suspect, avoid the periodic and unsettling notion that we are simply ‘preaching to the converted’ instead of reaching a larger audience with our perspectives and commentaries. Yet we persevere, both as a catharsis for our own outrage over social and . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Are Canadians Experiencing Buyers’ Remorse?

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: A Change of Heart, Or A Change In Political Winds?

Much has been written and discussed about the Temporary Foreign Workers Program, both on this blog and in various other media; consequently, I suspect that the majority of well-informed Canadians will look with deep cynicism upon the announcement that the Harper regime intends to crack down on widespread employer abuses of the program that . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: A Change of Heart, Or A Change In Political Winds?

Politics and its Discontents: “This was an attack on the rule of the law.”

So said Crown attorney Elizabeth Jackson, who is seeking a sentence of 18 months in jail and three years’ probation at the sentencing hearing of George Horton, 24, whose crime during the 2010 Toronto G20 Summit was kicking the scout car of Staff. Sgt. Graham Queen as well as another cruiser and a . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: “This was an attack on the rule of the law.”

Politics and its Discontents: The Harper Attack On Canadian Values

As I have written elsewhere in this blog, for various reasons I have never believed that democratically elected governments are necessarily a reflection of the values or the will of the electorate. I have also written of my strong belief that governments do, however, have a potentially huge impact on the national ethos. By their . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: The Harper Attack On Canadian Values

Politics and its Discontents: More Brilliance From Montreal Simon

Many thanks to Montreal Simon, who created this trenchant attack ad:

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Politics and its Discontents: Harper Refuses To Release Taxpayer-Funded Study On Pensions

The conclusion the cynic would draw (that’s me) is that the report suggests no need for the changes Harper has made in the OAS.

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Politics and its Discontents: Trans-Pacific Partnership: Harper To Surrender More Of Our Sovereignty To Corporations

As has already been reported, the price of admission for Canada’s entry into the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations is the acceptance of everything thus far negotiated. Although all of the talks are secret, with corporations but not citizens privy to its contents, this much is known: the TPP enhances corporate rights to sue governments . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Trans-Pacific Partnership: Harper To Surrender More Of Our Sovereignty To Corporations

Politics and its Discontents: Gated Democracy? – Protesting The Harper Omnibus Budget Bill – Part 2

Yesterday I got a glimpse of the kind of democratic expression that is considered acceptable under the Harper regime. It is one that I found profoundly disturbing.

Almost a week ago I wrote a post describing a march organized by Leadnow.ca to the constituency office of my Conservative M.P., David Sweet. Yesterday, another demonstration . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Gated Democracy? – Protesting The Harper Omnibus Budget Bill – Part 2

Politics and its Discontents: Protesting The Harper Omnibus Budget Bill

I wrote a post the other day about a Leadnow.ca campaign promoting nation-wide demonstrations at the constituency offices of Conservative M.P.s to protest Bill C-38, the Harper government’s omnibus budget bill that changes over 70 laws, eroding further our democracy, our labour laws, and our environmental safeguards, to name but three of its . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Protesting The Harper Omnibus Budget Bill

Politics and its Discontents: Why Is Harper Inc. Targeting Only Environmental Charities?

Thanks to Dr. Dawg for the link to this petition to stop Harper attacks on charities who challenge his agenda. Recommend this Post