I don’t want to chortle; I really don’t. Chortling bespeaks a certain pettiness and vindictiveness that I would like, in my more high-mined moments, to think I am above. But I am weak, and so today is a good day to indulge in some whole-hearted chortling.
First came the news this morning that Marc Nadon, the Harper cabal’s selection to take one of the Supreme Court’s Quebec seats, was rejected by that lofty body because he meets none of the qualifications to sit (a mere pesky detail, I suppose, to some I could name).
Also this morning, another judicial body, (Read more…)
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I am someone who believes people should never be too happy or contented. Such states breed a complacency that can lead to an indifference, if not downright disengagement, from the pressing issues that citizenship demands. That being said, however, there are days when I almost wish that I could be blithely detached.
As many who read this will likely attest, being a Canadian with a government that betrays us in so many ways is at times very difficult to accept and endure.
Where to start in discussing those betrayals? Since this post would never end if I were to enumerate (Read more…)
Yasmin Dawood is one of 160 professors from across Canada behind an open letter to the government asking for major revisions to the ‘Fair’ Elections Act. Yesterday, she appeared on Power and Politics. As you will see, Dawood regards the act’s provisions as posing a grave threat to Canadian democracy:
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In response to the letter I posted this morning, The Salamander offers some timely commentary, which I am posting below. While making his usual incisive observations, he also has some suggestions that we would all do well to take to heart:
.. don’t wear a poppy .. turn your back or raise your fist.. or your voice.. when confronted by hypocrisy.. obvious deceit, cowardice & secretive government.. Find your own individual and special way to honor our heroes and exemplars and make it blinding clear how you treasure the courage, sacrifice.. the gift they gave all of us
Stand tall.. bold .. feet (Read more…)
I am preparing to resume work on my flooring, so, in lieu of my own piece, I am posting a letter from the London Community News that offers some thoughts on the ‘Fair’ Elections Act and other Harper government misdeeds:
Much noise has been made about what the Conservatives’ euphemistically call the “fair elections act” currently being tabled in the House of Commons. CBC personality Rick Mercer announced that if the bill passes then Canada would forfeit our title as one of the world’s greatest democracies.
Mercer’s televised rant focused on the aspect of the bill that makes (Read more…)
I am still working on my flooring, and as someone to whom the term handyman has little application, I am working very slowly. Therefore, in lieu of a post, I offer this wisdom from George Orwell:
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At least these letters from Star readers suggest thus:
Pollster warns Tories their support is slipping, March 1
In addition to the concerns of university-educated male voters between the ages 45 and 64 identified in the article, there is another significant reason that this and many other demographics are deserting the Conservative party. It has to do with the values that have evolved to become associated with the party brand.Whereas the demographic in question had hoped once that the Conservatives would herald economic prosperity based upon a broad new vision for Canada, what the Conservatives have delivered is a (Read more…)
I have a somewhat busy morning ahead, so for the time being I offer the following:
Is the answer to things like this,
Re Manning Takes Aim at Tory Election Bill (March 3):
The Conservatives’ Fair Elections Act is anything but. Instead, it’s about ensuring they’ll form another majority in 2015. There’s only one realistic way to ensure that won’t happen: co-operation among the opposition parties.
Here’s a novel idea: We need leaders who will lead. Elizabeth May has already figured it out; Justin Trudeau and Thomas Mulcair need to hold their noses and go for one-time-only co-operation. Kindergarten (Read more…)
Each year, George Carlin’s acerbic commentary and observations become more and more relevant.
If we don’t want a repeat of what happened last time, then it’s up to us to educate those who wilfully or otherwise do not know that Harper & the CONservatives have sold us out.
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At least if you are a reactionary in the Harper vein. First came the bad polling news showing increasing numbers of Canadians growing increasingly suspicious and weary of the relentless divide-and-conquer tactics of the so-called master tactician. Then came some stinging rebukes from that old icon of conservatism, Preston Manning, who, over the weekend, suggested that it is time for the Harper regime to start focusing on policy rather than politics, perhaps a veiled way of suggesting it might be time ‘to try that sincerity thing.’
Even that once-trusted source of cabal strategy, Tom Flanagan, weighed in as he (Read more…)
It is always gratifying to begin the week reading the thoughts of engaged Canadians who see through the thinly-veiled lies of the Harper cabal. In this morning’s Star, three letter-writers address the topic of Bill C-520, a ‘private member’s bill’ proposed by Conservative MP Mark Adler, about which I have previously written.
Watchdogs present united front against Tory disclosure bill, Feb. 26
Conservative MP Mark Adler’s claim that the desire for “transparency” is behind his private member’s bill is completely fraudulent. The bill would require all employees of the so-called “watchdog” agencies – like auditor-general’s office, the ethics commissioner, (Read more…)
Clearly, it was not the kind of news they had gone to the Manning Centre to hear, and, it seems, they did not receive it with particular good grace.
As reported in The Star, presenting the results of a poll he conducted in December, André Turcotte imparted the following to party activists Friday:
“For the first time, Liberals have re-emerged as the party that a plurality of Canadians identify with,” … “Now the Liberals and the Conservatives are tied almost as the party perceived to be the best to deal with the economy. This is a big change from previous (Read more…)
And it is very encouraging, in that it appears Canadians are beginning to wake up to the true nature of the Harper regime:
Nearly two-thirds of Canadians believe that the ruling Conservatives are settling political scores with their Fair Elections Act, a new poll has found. You can read all about it here.
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Like an ugly stain that resists the most determined efforts at removal, Bill C-520, a ‘private member’s bill’ proposed by Conservative MP Mark Adler, has Stephen Harper’s signature and paranoid paw prints all over it.
The bill, about which I have written previously, would require all employees in parliamentary watchdog offices — such as the auditor general, ethics commissioner, or Elections Canada — to disclose any “partisan activity” in the decade before joining the office.
The fact that it has the full backing of the Prime Minister’s Office is key to understanding both its genesis and the mentality that (Read more…)
I sincerely hope that other commentators on my blog do not think I am playing favourites when I repost another’s comments as a guest post. I sincerely welcome and value all of your comments. My reason for reposting The Salamander here, who offered the following comments in response to my piece, On Voter Engagement, is probably best expressed by my response:
Hi Salamander. As usual, your facility with language, your capacity for lacerating metaphor and simile in assessing the morass we currently find ourselves in, deserves a wider audience. I am therefore reposting your commentary as another guess post. (Read more…)
This letter to the editor reflects an issue I think most of us in the progressive blogosphere struggle with, as do the folks at samara:
Voter turnout is the key to federal change
Eroding the fabric of the Canada we loveThe only way that we are going to get rid of King Stephen’s Reign of Control is by getting out the vote. It seems that every time I pick up a newspaper there is at least one and often more articles about how the Harper government is ripping another piece from the fabric of the once democratic, (Read more…)
Like many of the commentators and bloggers whom I read, I regularly feel a deep frustration over the passivity of people. No matter what the problem, be it political, social, environmental or a host of others, too many have a ‘can’t-do’ reaction that debases so many in a myriad of ways. Indeed, it appears to be one of our species’ defining characteristics, one at which Canadians seem to particularly excel, if our current political landscape is any indication.
Perhaps we need a national shoulder-shrug symbol as an expression of the what-can-you-do paralysis that cripples so many, a condition that undoubtedly (Read more…)
To paraphrase the Soup Nazi, young people, “No job for you!”
This message brought to you by the Harper government, not hard at work for you.
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Do not go gentle into that good night.Rage, rage against the dying of the light.
- Dylan Thomas
I have now passed seven years of my ‘official’ retirement; it will be eight years this June since it actually began, given that I took a six-month leave before starting to draw my pension. According to all of the ‘good life commercials,’ I should be wiling away the rest of my days on the golf course, on some non-existent yacht, or fleeing harsh Canadian winters via the snowbird route.
Instead, I find myself increasingly restless and angry. Instead of disengaging from (Read more…)
Rick Mercer surely is one of our national treasures:
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And, of course, Fantino and the entire cabal showed what they are really made of yesterday in The House of Commons.
For an incisive evisceration of Fantino et al., check out The Galloping Beaver’s post. Recommend this Post
I can think of not one positive thing to say about Julian Fantino. Apparently, Toronto Star readers can’t either:
Fantino ‘absolutely regrets’ clash with veterans, Jan. 30
There is no possible excuse for the shameful treatment of our veterans by the federal Conservative government. Veterans Affairs Minister Julian Fantino’s arrogant and disdainful behaviour with a delegation of veterans who met with him to lobby for keeping eight regional Veterans’ Affairs offices open is another low point of his career. He should resign or be fired.
These veterans put their lives on the line for our country without questioning whatever political (Read more…)