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The Canadian Progressive: In Ottawa, protesters denounce Harper’s support of Israel

In Ottawa on Tuesday, July 22, hundreds of pro-Palestine protesters denounced Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s uncompromising support of Israel and its ongoing war crimes in Gaza.

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The Canadian Progressive: RCMP’s 31 Criminal Charges Against Sen. Mike Duffy

The 31 charges the RCMP laid against suspended Sen. Mike Duffy, who was appointed to the Senate by Harper in 2008, include fraud and breach of trust.

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The Canadian Progressive: TPP trade talks too secret, NDP MP Don Davies says

NDP MP Don Davies has told a downtown Ottawa protest that the Harper Conservatives’ ongoing negotiations on the TPP are unnecessarily secretive.

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The Canadian Progressive: In Canada, TPP Negotiations Go Further Underground

The secrecy around the ongoing TPP negotiations in Ottawa is “wholly unprecedented,” argues Maira Sutton, a policy analyst with Electronic Frontier Foundation.

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The Canadian Progressive: Secretive critical talks on the TPP happening in Ottawa

The ongoing secretive TPP negotiations could result in the largest global ‘trade’ agreement encompassing about 40 per cent of the world economy.

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The Canadian Progressive: Secret TPP talks in Ottawa: Harper has “something to hide”

“Most Canadians would be surprised to learn that Canada is hosting the latest round of TPP negotiations this week in Ottawa,” says University of Ottawa Prof Michael Geist

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THE CANADIAN PROGRESSIVE: Canada setting new global standard for TPP secrecy: Council of Canadians

Despite being less than a week away from hosting hundreds of negotiators and other officials from the other 11 TPP member countries, the Canadian government has kept a tight lid on any details about the Ottawa meeting.

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THE CANADIAN PROGRESSIVE: Historic Supreme Court Ruling Grants Land Title To Tsilhqot’in First Nation

In a historic ruling written by Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin, the Supreme Court of Canada has granted land title to British Columbia’s Tsilhqot’in First Nation.

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THE CANADIAN PROGRESSIVE: Peter MacKay Said Moms Change Diapers, Dads Form Leaders

In messages sent to employees of the Justice Department this spring, Peter MacKay associated women with household duties, men with “shaping the minds and futures of the next generation of leaders.”

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THE CANADIAN PROGRESSIVE: Harper Government Rejects Supreme Court Privacy Decision: Claims Ruling Has No Effect on Privacy Reform

by: by: MICHAEL GEIST | June 17, 2014

Having had the benefit of a few days to consider the implications of the Supreme Court of Canada decision in Spencer, the Senate last night proceeded to ignore the court and pass Bill S-4, the Digital Privacy Act, unchanged. The bill extends the ability to disclose subscriber information without a warrant from law enforcement to any private sector organizations by including a provision that allows organizations to disclose personal information without consent (and without a court order) to any organization that is investigating a contractual breach or possible violation of any (Read more…)

The Canadian Progressive: SHAME: Harper Government Whitewashed Colombian Human Rights Abuses

by: Obert Madondo | May 20, 2014

To quote Amnesty International Canada’s Alex Neve: Canadian mining companies lead the mining world; but none aspire to lead the world in mining-related human rights abuses.

That’s serious human rights abuses committed by Canadian mining companies particularly in the developing world.

The Harper government had both the opportunity and obligation to highlight the serious mining-related human rights abuses happening in Colombia in its third annual Human Rights Impact Report for the Canada-Colombia Free Trade Agreement. The report is mandatory under the Canada-Colombia free trade deal, signed by the Conservatives and Colombian government (Read more…)

The Canadian Progressive: Harper’s Attack on Supreme Court Chief Justice McLachlin Unacceptable

Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s attack on Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin is an attack on Canadians and Canadian democracy. It’s unacceptable.

by: Obert Madondo | May 4, 2014

Prime Minister Stephen Harper is so desperate for political capital he’s willing to publicly smear the Supreme Court of Canada and its Chief Justice, Beverley McLachlin.

Speaking to reporters in London, Ont., on Friday, Harper accused McLachlin of acting inappropriately last July when she advised his office concerning his appointment of Marc Nadon as the Quebec representative on the Supreme Court.

To be clear, there was communication between the chief justice’s office (Read more…)

The Canadian Progressive: Fair Elections Act could sink Stephen Harper and Conservatives in 2015

by: Obert Madondo | April 12, 2014

This week Canada’s two main opposition parties declared war on the Conservatives’ Orwellian Fair Elections Act. One that could bring down Harper during the 2015 federal election.

While falling short of declaring the Fair Elections Act an election issue for 2015, both the Official Opposition and third-placed Liberals are vowing to stand up for our right to vote.

NDP Leader Tom Mulcair says the focus of next election will be the ‘Fair Elections Act’. He wants Bill C-23 overhauled.

“We’re going to do everything we can to stop this thing,” Mulcair told delegates in (Read more…)

The Canadian Progressive: Harper’s abuse of Challenger jets, government resources unacceptable

by: Obert Madondo | April 2, 2014

The Conservatives’ abuse of the Challenger jets and other government resources might end soon if the New Democrats are successful with their latest motion.

On Tuesday, the NDP tabled an opposition day motion in the House of Commons that would limit the use of the jests to Canadian government business only.

The NDP wants MPs to declare that, “in the opinion of the House, government planes, and in particular the plane used by the Prime Minister, should only be used for government purposes and should not be used to transport anyone other than those (Read more…)

The Canadian Progressive: Scandalous Senate and PMO appointments say Harper is unqualified to criticise Trudeau’s f-bomb

by: Obert Madondo | March 31, 2014

Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau dropped the f-bomb when he addressed the crowd at the Fight for the Cure charity boxing match in Gatineau, Quebec, over the weekend.

“I’m going tell you, there is no experience like stepping into this ring and measuring yourself,” Trudeau said. “Your name, your fortune, your intelligence, your beauty, none of that fucking matters.”

The crowd reportedly cheered.

But, as usual, the Conservatives weren’t amused. Prime Minister Stephen Harper tried to capitalize on the expletive to score cheap political points.

“This is yet another example of Justin Trudeau’s lack of (Read more…)

The Canadian Progressive: Do Canadians Make Prime Minister Stephen Harper Nervous?

by: Obert Madondo

Let’s face it, Stephen Harper is increasingly becoming a nervous, expensive and absentee prime minister.

On the face of things, Harper has this annoying habit of finding himself in foreign countries during crucial moments in our dubious democracy. And when he makes those big, life-altering policy announcements.

Two examples:

First, last Friday, the Supreme Court of Canada rejected Harper’s appointment of Marc Nadon. In a historic 6-1 decision, current justices ruled that Nadon was unqualified to join them. The decision is a serious but democratic rebuke of Harper’s dictatorship-style appointments. It confirms that Harper is the (Read more…)

The Canadian Progressive: Harper’s Orwellian “Fair Elections” Act Violates Canadian Constitution

by: Obert Madondo

Prime Minister Stephen Harper. Photo by Remy Steinegger

The Harper Conservatives’ Bill C-23, the so-called “Fair Elections” Act, violates Section 3 of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

It’s clear the Conservatives are preparing to steal the 2015 federal election. Bill C-23 is part of their ongoing war on the politically-marginalized. It unequivocally proposes to disenfranchise non-Conservative voters and marginalized groups.

The Charter’s Section 3 clearly states that “Every citizen of Canada has the right to vote in an election of the members of the House of Commons or of a legislative assembly and to be qualified for (Read more…)

The Canadian Progressive: Senate scandal: New RCMP docs suggest Harper is “guilty of corruption”

New documents released by the RCMP suggest that the Senate expenses scandal is closing in on Prime Minister Stephen Harper and the Conservatives.

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The Canadian Progressive: In Ottawa, Hundreds Demand Action To “Defend Our Climate”, Communities

More than 150 protesters gathered on Parliament Hill today as part of the Canada-wide “Defend Our Climate, Defend Our Communities” national day of action against climate change and tar sands expansion.

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The Canadian Progressive: Mike Duffy says Harper told him to repay fraudulent Senate expenses

In this speech, delivered to the Senate on Tuesday, Sen. Duffy says PM Harper told him to repay the $90 000 he fraudulently claimed from the Red Chamber.

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The Canadian Progressive: Senate expense scandal: Wallin responds to damning Deloitte report

Sen. Pamela Wallin responds to damning Deloitte report on the Senate expense scandal, which alleges she may have tried to cover up her $140,000 fraudulent claims.

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The Canadian Progressive: Environment Minister Peter Kent embraces his imminent demotion from Conservative cabinet

by: Obert Madondo | Twitter: @Obiemad:

Environment Minister Peter Kent. (Photo: Environment Canada)

It’s a preemptive strike of sorts.

Environment Minister Peter Kent knows he’ll be a backbencher after PM Stephen Harper’s much-anticipated cabinet reshuffle. That much the Conservative MP for Thornhill, Ontario, confirmed in a message published on Facebook on Friday.

“If, in the fullness of time and the eventual shuffle, I do find myself a backbench Parliamentarian, I will enthusiastically embrace what will be, for me, exciting new challenges,” Kent wrote.

Kent, a former broadcaster, was first elected to the House of Commons in 2008. He’s the (Read more…)

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The Canadian Progressive: Poll: 70% of Canadians think it’s time kick Stephen Harper out

by: Obert Madondo | @Obiemad:

Stephen Harper (Photo: Remy Steinegger)

An overwhelming majority of Canadians think it’s time to kick Stephen Harper out and elect a new government, according to a new CTV News Ipsos Reid poll.

70% us are fed up with Harper and the Conservatives’ dictatorship-style assault on our democratic institutions, values, science and the environment. We’re fed up with the Conservatives’ political malfeasance, epitomized by the Third World-style Senate expenses scandal. We want Harper out. We want a new regime in Ottawa.

Most importantly, we’ve resolutely decided that the Conservatives should not be re-elected in 2015.

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The Canadian Progressive: A Defining Moment for the Conservative Government? [VIDEO]

The CBC’s At Issue panel discusses Brent Rathgeber’s decision to quit the Conservative caucus and what it means to a Harper Government besieged by multiple crises.

We recommend: Another blow for Harper as Conservative MP quits caucus Conservative MP’s Bill C-461 threatens CBC journalistic integrity, protection of sources SHAME: Harper snubs journalists after speech to Conservative caucus [VIDEO] Beleaguered Harper-appointed Sen. Mike Duffy Quits Conservative Caucus Halifax-based rapper, Kyle McKenna, calls out Stephen Harper (VIDEO)

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The Canadian Progressive: Harper Conservatives spying on well-known aboriginal rights advocate, says UFCW Canada

By: UFCW Canada | Press Release

Dr. Cindy Blackstock (Photo credit: Art Babych)

TORONTO, June 9, 2013 – As reported in the Toronto Star, the federal Canadian Privacy Commissioner Jennifer Stoddart has found that Dr. Cindy Blackstock, Executive Director of the First Nations Children and Family Caring Society (FNCFCS), has been the subject of surveillance by the Tory Government in Ottawa.

“I was shocked when I realized that in a democracy such as Canada our federal government thinks it is right to violate the privacy of citizens who have a view that is different from theirs,” says Prof. Blackstock. “By simply working (Read more…)

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