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somecanuckchick dot com: Behold the 4 stages of a successful voter suppression plan!

Elections Canada cites 4 stages of a successful voter suppression plan:

— Identify non-supporters;

— Gather information on them;

— Prevent them from going to the polls through scare tactics, misinformation or systematic challenging of registrations;

— If electors get to the polls, prevent them from voting by contesting eligibility or identification, and through intimidation.

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somecanuckchick dot com: Canadians don’t expect Canada to solve the world’s problems…

Stephen Harper says, “Canadians don’t expect Canada to solve the world’s problems.”

Of course, Canadians don’t expect Canada to solve the world’s problems. Canadians do, however, expect Canada not be part of the problem and Canadians do expect Canada to be part of the solution.

Bottom line: Stephen Harper is creating more refugees by . . . → Read More: somecanuckchick dot com: Canadians don’t expect Canada to solve the world’s problems…

somecanuckchick dot com: REPEAT AFTER ME!

REPEAT AFTER ME:

The composition of the Supreme Court of Canada is constitutionally protected, and the Harper government™ attempt to change the Supreme Court of Canada Act through an omnibus budget bill is unconstitutional.

The composition of the Supreme Court of Canada is constitutionally protected, and the Harper government™ attempt to change the Supreme . . . → Read More: somecanuckchick dot com: REPEAT AFTER ME!

Politics and Entertainment: Harper May Have his Coalition but he doesn’t have Canada

Stephen Harper keeps support of ‘coalition’ of voters: poll

“Among the findings in the Dec. 7-12 Ipsos Reid poll:

 * 44 per cent of Canadians think Harper’s majority government is “working well,” while 56 per cent don’t think it is.
 * 45 per cent like the way Harper is “handling his job as prime minister,” while 55 per cent don’t.
 * 44 per cent share Harper’s “values” on where Canada should be headed, compared to 56 per who don’t.
 * 48 per cent think Harper’s “approach to politics” has been good for Canada, while 52 per cent don’t think so.
 * 44 per cent think Harper’s approach to politics has been good for Parliament, while 56 per cent don’t think so.
* 43 per cent think Harper should run for office again in the next election, set for 2015, while 57 per cent think he should quit.”

Stephen Harper keeps support of ‘coalition’ of voters: poll
Yes, he has his coalition of old white men living in rural Canada, much of the immigrant “market” of suburbia, and the #BigOil country of Western Canada. But, as the poll makes clear, he still hasn’t got the majority of Canadians – which means he does not really have a fundamentally democratic mandate. He rules only because of flawed electoral and riding systems. See my post on this issue elsewhere on this blog:

The Agonizing Challenge of Voting in 2015

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Politics and Entertainment: Harper May Have his Coalition but he doesn’t have Canada

Stephen Harper keeps support of ‘coalition’ of voters: poll

“Among the findings in the Dec. 7-12 Ipsos Reid poll:

 * 44 per cent of Canadians think Harper’s majority government is “working well,” while 56 per cent don’t think it is.  * 45 per cent like the way Harper is “handling his job as prime minister,” . . . → Read More: Politics and Entertainment: Harper May Have his Coalition but he doesn’t have Canada

Politics and Entertainment: Politics and Entertainment 2013-01-02 12:24:00

#HarperRegime‘s neoliberal immigration policy: we help only those who can help us, not those who need help. bit.ly/THkytI #cdnpoli
— Barry Cameron (@AppalledBC) January 2, 2013

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Politics and Entertainment: Politics and Entertainment 2013-01-02 11:24:00

#HarperRegime‘s neoliberal immigration policy: we help only those who can help us, not those who need help. bit.ly/THkytI #cdnpoli — Barry Cameron (@AppalledBC) January 2, 2013

Politics and Entertainment: This will be the Regime’s Primary Alibi followed by the EU crisis when the Canadian Economy Sinks into Recession

Canada faces near-recession if U.S. plunges over ‘cliff,’ Carney warns 

“Carney warns of risk from U.S. Bank of Canada Governor Mark Carney has warned that a failure by U.S. politicians to reach a new budget agreement before time runs out would push Canada close to another recession… the bank warned that Canadi
ans are still borrowing at a faster pace than their disposable income, making them more vulnerable if they lose their jobs or home prices tumble. The ratio of household debt to gross domestic product now stands at a record high 163 per cent, up from 161.5.”

Let us not forget, however, that the Canadian economy in and of itself has not been managed well by this extreme neoliberal government that has consistently placed investors, the financial sector, natural resource exports, and free trade before the real industrial domestic economy. wage fairness, and job creation for the middle and working classes. A 163% household debt/GDP ratio is also indeed worrisome as is the fact that whatever equity most Canadians have is inextricably bound to their still mortgaged houses. Get ready.

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Politics and Entertainment: This will be the Regime’s Primary Alibi followed by the EU crisis when the Canadian Economy Sinks into Recession

Canada faces near-recession if U.S. plunges over ‘cliff,’ Carney warns  “Carney warns of risk from U.S. Bank of Canada Governor Mark Carney has warned that a failure by U.S. politicians to reach a new budget agreement before time runs out would push Canada close to another recession… the bank warned that Canadi ans are . . . → Read More: Politics and Entertainment: This will be the Regime’s Primary Alibi followed by the EU crisis when the Canadian Economy Sinks into Recession

Politics and Entertainment: Reading Economic Health into the Recent StatsCan Jobs Data is An Exercise in Fantasy

Reading Economic Health into the Recent StatsCan Jobs Data is An Exercise in Fantasy Here’s the reality in that data: 1) As Derek Holt points out, there is no hours worked increase. That remains static. But it is hours worked that “drive incomes, not body count.” Holt speculates that the already employed are working fewer hours, . . . → Read More: Politics and Entertainment: Reading Economic Health into the Recent StatsCan Jobs Data is An Exercise in Fantasy

Politics and Entertainment: The Agonizing Challenge of Voting in 2015

“If voting changed anything, they’d make it illegal.” – Emma Goldman

There’s been much talk of late about uniting the main opposition parties in some sort of delusional effort to defeat the Harper Regime come the next faux election either as a one-time strategic plan or by way of a more long term relationship.  Here’s . . . → Read More: Politics and Entertainment: The Agonizing Challenge of Voting in 2015

Politics and Entertainment: Harper Regime Has Lost All Credibility on Foreign Affairs Period, Not Just the Middle East

“…Israel’s announcement on the settlements was widely criticized by Canada’s European allies, and even the United States, which voted with Canada and Israel against the motion to grant non-voting observer state status to the Palestinians, urged Israel to “reconsider” its decision on the settlements on Monday. Baird did not comment when asked Tuesday morning about . . . → Read More: Politics and Entertainment: Harper Regime Has Lost All Credibility on Foreign Affairs Period, Not Just the Middle East

Politics and Entertainment: Harper Regime is Now Disqualified

‘Chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat said that Canadian threats of reprisals and Mr. Baird’s decision to personally campaign against the Palestinian resolution at the UN have ruled Ottawa out of a future role. “I believe this government is m… . . . → Read More: Politics and Entertainment: Harper Regime is Now Disqualified

Politics and its Discontents: The Not-So-Hidden-Hand of Harper

Although I believe unreservedly in the vital role that unions play in both protecting and promoting workers’ rights, I make no apologies for the times that I have been critical of them. Cronyism, questionable expenditures, and corruption have no pla… . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: The Not-So-Hidden-Hand of Harper

somecanuckchick dot com: Don’t worry about what the Harper government is ^not spending…

Tony Clement, the President of Treasury Board, would like Canadians to believe that Kevin Page, the Parliamentary Budget Officer, is operating outside his mandate when he requests details on how $5.2B will be cut from the Harper government’s operating budget over the next 3 years.

According to the Member of Parliament from Parry Sound—Muskoka, it . . . → Read More: somecanuckchick dot com: Don’t worry about what the Harper government is ^not spending…

somecanuckchick dot com: Fixed Election Date #FAIL

WTF does not even begin to convey my complete and utter shock and disgust…

Today, in the House of Commons, during Question Period, the interim leader of the Liberal Party of Canada asked the Prime Minister about Canada’s fixed election date (known as #elxn42 to the #cdnpoli Twitterati), the legislation that created it, whether or . . . → Read More: somecanuckchick dot com: Fixed Election Date #FAIL

Politics and Entertainment: PIPSC, Fat Cats, and Disturbing Dreams

I had the pleasure of attending the PIPSC Fat Cats game on Sunday – an exciting affair that the FCs won in the ninth with a sensational walk off steal at home plate by LaDale Hayes, who also made an extraordinary diving catch earlier in the game. Though American, he also represented the team in . . . → Read More: Politics and Entertainment: PIPSC, Fat Cats, and Disturbing Dreams

Politics and Entertainment: Over 120 Lawyers Ask for Proposed Environmental Changes to be Removed from Bill C-38

You would think that such a significant resistance from the law community might have an effect on the Regime’s thinking, but don’t count on it. The goal is the full implementation of a neoliberal agenda in the belief that it will be next to impossible to reverse – even were there to be a . . . → Read More: Politics and Entertainment: Over 120 Lawyers Ask for Proposed Environmental Changes to be Removed from Bill C-38

somecanuckchick dot com: It’s the tar sands, stupid!

What’s in a name? that which we call a rose By any other name would smell as sweet;

Act II, Scene ii, Romeo and Juliet, William Shakespeare

The Athabasca tar sands have always been, are now, and will always be known as… the Athabasca tar sands.

Why? Because the tar sands’ consistency is actually similar . . . → Read More: somecanuckchick dot com: It’s the tar sands, stupid!

Politics and Entertainment: Repressive Tactics Smack of History

Of course the so-called budget bill, stuffed to the gills with non-budgetary items as such, has multiple political purposes, but one of them is clearly to limit dissenting voices within parliament itself and to usurp parliamentary power and transfer it to cabinet – as can be seen, for example, in the new environmental regulation . . . → Read More: Politics and Entertainment: Repressive Tactics Smack of History

Politics and Entertainment: a tiny glimpse into the ways our government serves the corporate and financial world, not the people of Canada

Some Key Areas Where Neoliberal Policy Undermines both the Industrial Economy and Canadian Democracy

Under the Harper Regime, the investor class is constantly being protected at the expense of the real industrial economy, for just about all policy decisions privilege both the financial sector, with its market-driven initiatives and debt-driven growth strategies, and of . . . → Read More: Politics and Entertainment: a tiny glimpse into the ways our government serves the corporate and financial world, not the people of Canada

Politics and Entertainment: Are Canadians resigned to the current repressive methods of the Harper Regime?

“Fascism creeps; and one of its hallmarks is that by the time you realize you’re in it, it’s too late to do anything about it.” We see where things are going, but it’s like watching a train wreck — “that slow-motion horror in your head, the disbelief, the sense that nobody can hear you . . . → Read More: Politics and Entertainment: Are Canadians resigned to the current repressive methods of the Harper Regime?

Politics and its Discontents: How Long Before This Lynch Mob Mentality Comes To Canada?

As someone who is a regular visitor to Cuba and has seen both the good and bad of its society through friends that we visit there, I know that it has very real problems, but also very real benefits, under its dictatorial communist system. However, I can’t help but wonder how long it will be, . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: How Long Before This Lynch Mob Mentality Comes To Canada?

somecanuckchick dot com: Canadians are penniless!

Canadians are penniless.

Love the penny. Hate the penny.

Regardless of your feelings on the penny… sure, the penny’s days were numbered, but now that the penny is on its way out, I have a few questions and comments.

What of caSh only businesses? What of consumers? And, what of this rounding bullshit?

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somecanuckchick dot com: Vive la différence!

The Harper government says, “Thomas Mulcair is an opportunist whose tax agenda, blind ambition and divisive personality would put Canadian families and their jobs at risk.”

Really?

I say, “Stephen Harper is an opportunist whose tax agenda, blind ambition and divisive personality would put Canadian families and their jobs at risk.”

See what I did . . . → Read More: somecanuckchick dot com: Vive la différence!