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Politics and its Discontents: Harper’s Contempt For Thinking Canadians Is Egregious

That is the only conclusion I can draw, based on the unseemly hurry the regime is in to pass its ‘anti-terror’ bill: The Conservatives are pushing to devote just three meetings to hearing expert testimony on the government’s proposed anti-terrorism bill when it goes to the public safety committee for review, CBC News has learned.

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Politics and its Discontents: Reactions To Michael Harris’ Book On Harper

Star readers weigh in with their usual perspicacity as they reflect on the message of Michael Harris’ new book, Party of One: Stephen Harper and Canada’s Radical Makeover, discussed previously in this blog:

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As journalist Michael Harris’ book points out, Canada has already undergone . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Reactions To Michael Harris’ Book On Harper

Politics and its Discontents: Michael Harris’ New Book

Veteran journalist and current national affairs columnist for iPolitics, Michael Harris, has just had his new book on Stephen Harper published. While the 500-page tome, entitled Party of One: Stephen Harper and Canada’s Radical Makeover, may offer nothing startlingly new to those of us who follow national politics closely, it serves as both a . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Michael Harris’ New Book

Politics and its Discontents: Offered For Your Consideration

While King Stephen has grown positively garrulous with the American media, there’s one little detail he seems to have forgotten:

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Politics and its Discontents: Paul Calandra Apologizes

After his disgraceful behaviour the other day in the House during Question Period, Parliamentary Secretary and ardent Harper loyalist Paul Callandra issued a ‘tearful’ apology this morning. For me, his motives are suspect:

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Politics and its Discontents: On The Further Debasement Of Parliamentary Debates

In which Parliamentary Secretary Paul Calandra, a loyal Harper soldier, does his utmost to discourage Canadians from watching the misnamed debates.

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CuriosityCat: Justin Trudeau raises the bar for MPs and Senators

A breath of fresh air in Ottawa

In a move that is refreshing, because it shows an MP who is willing to listen to criticism, and to rethink matters in the light of such criticism, Justin Trudeau has announced that he will work with charities to reach some solution satisfactory to both: “Political leadership . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: Justin Trudeau raises the bar for MPs and Senators

CuriosityCat: Robocon: Court finds fraud; Council of Canadians should appeal

The court yesterday found that fraud had been used in the May 2011 election in 6 ridings in an attempt to suppress the vote, as this article from the Globe & Mail sets out:

However, “fraud” did occur – particularly in Guelph, Ont. – and targeted people who had previously expressed an interest . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: Robocon: Court finds fraud; Council of Canadians should appeal

CuriosityCat: Justin Trudeau: The Tide Turneth

The National Post has an exclusive poll that shows that the Liberal Party would win a national election if Justin Trudeau became its leader:

In an exclusive poll conducted for the National Post, Forum found if Mr. Trudeau were leader of the Liberal Party and an election were held today, the Grits would win, . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: Justin Trudeau: The Tide Turneth

CuriosityCat: Opposition Budget Tactics probably will be frustrated

Kudos to all the non-Tory MPs in the House for fighting to preserve our democratic traditions, by tabling amendments to the draconian Budget bill. The Harper government clearly does not really believe in the correct functioning of our Parliamentary committees and the House itself, as we have seen in many cases. Their bundling together . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: Opposition Budget Tactics probably will be frustrated