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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 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 Court of Canada Act through an omnibus budget bill is unconstitutional.

The composition of the (Read more…)

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

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#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 (Read more…) . . . → 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, and there is plenty of anecdotal evidence to suggest such a situation is probable.

2) The so-called new jobs have not increased labour productivity one iota. There is, in other words, no output growth, no real economic growth resulting from job increases.

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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 a reality check for those fantasizing about such a possibility.

1) First of all, not one of the parties is really progressively left, though all three like to spin that they are when it suits them, especially if they espouse support for social programs. (Read more…)

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 the move. Roth also said Fantino would review Canada’s funding to the Palestinians for humanitarian and security projects. “We intend to, by and large, see these projects through. The relevant minister will, as a matter of course, as they do on all matters, review (Read more…)

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 is ^not the money the Harper government does ^not spend, but rather the money the Harper government does spend that the Parliamentary Budget Officer should be worried about…

Huh? On what planet does *that* make any sense?

Let’s review, shall we?

In 2006, (Read more…)

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 not there is an issue with the October 19, 2015 date, and so on.

Stephen Harper replied that the current date for #elxn42, presently conflicts w/ many other fixed election dates at the provincial level — Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Ontario, the Northwest Territories, Prince Edward Island, (Read more…)

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 the before game ceremonies – which turned out to be fortuitous since he was clearly the player of the game. Still one wonders why one of the Canadian players was not a representative. Maybe Harper sent out a chill message or perhaps the Canadians thought

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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 regime change – because so firmly entrenched.

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 to *wait for it* tar!

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

No amount of public relations (READ: spin) and/or propaganda will ever change that — or will it?

Next thing you know,

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 proposals. This is a significant undermining of parliamentary democratic legislative procedure, but equally disturbing are two other recent repressive tactics that smack of other repressive regimes witnessed in history.

Can there be any doubt that both the proposed further criminalization of wearing a mask at a lawful assembly

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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 course corporations – in particular resource corporations in oil, gas, and mining, all of which combined have a heavily weighted presence on the TSX and, in fact, together with financials drive the TSX index. The obsession with deficit reduction and austerity are part of this process

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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 screaming, and the sickening knowledge that there’s nothing you can do to stop what you know is coming.” (Sara Robinson )

There’s a considerable degree of credibility in this scenario since, given the utter failure of our representative political system, the now absolute division

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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, thanks to the reactionary dictatorship (aka the Harper regime) we in Canada are currently chafing under, before we adopt the ‘lynch mob’ mentality evident here. Recommend this Post

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?

I foresee many ca$h only businesses forced to set up merchant accounts to process debit/credit transactions.

Truly, this sounds like gouging to me — for businesses and consumers alike.

Factor in the cost of equipment and bringing that equipment online, etc., there will be additional charges

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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 there, eh?

somecanuckchick dot com: Happy Contempt of Parliament Day!

On March 25, 2011, the House of Commons passed a motion of non-confidence by a vote of 156 to 145.

And with that, Stephen Harper and his Conservative Cabinet were found to be in contempt of parliament — an unprecedented finding in Canadian and Commonwealth parliamentary history.

How to celebrate:

somecanuckchick dot com: Demand a Royal Commission, Canada!

FACT: Only the Harper government can call for a judicial inquiry into the Robocalls Scandal… and that ain’t gonna happen, Canada!

Would you like a Royal Commission to investigate the Robocalls Scandal?

Would you like to know how you can make that happen, Canada?

Contact the Governor General and demand a Royal Commission!

somecanuckchick dot com: There is a pattern here, Canada!

Deny, deny, deny, deny, deny!

Drag through the courts — on the Canadian taxpayers’ dime — for 5.5 years!

And then…

The Conservative Party of Canada admitted to illegal campaign advertising tactics.

The Conservative Party of Canada plead guilty to Elections Canada Act violations.

somecanuckchick dot com: The Robocon Scandal is more widespread than previously thought…

I maintain that if even one voter in these ridings was intimidated/misdirected/misinformed by these robocalls — that’s one too many!

These robocalls are grounds “for a f*cking huge investigation”!

The Robocon Scandal is more widespread than previously thought…

New phone records show that robocalls targeted voters in ridings all across Ontario — not just Guelph.

somecanuckchick dot com: Is the gun smoking yet?

An investigation by CBC News has turned up voters all over Canada who say the reason they got robocalls sending them to fictitious polling stations was that they had revealed they would not vote Conservative.

Chief Electoral Officer Marc Mayrand announced today that he now has over 700 Canadians from across the country who allege specific circumstances of fraudulent or improper calls.

I have to ask, is the gun smoking yet?

How about now?

Now?