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Montreal Simon: The Apocalyptic Destruction of The Harper Cons

Damn. As much as I hate doing it, I'm going to have to give Boss Harper some credit eh?The final collapse of his Con regime is turning out to be a heavenly show. And far more wonderfully apocalyptic than even I had hoped.For if on Wednesday it was Wallin, flying through the air on . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: The Apocalyptic Destruction of The Harper Cons

The Canadian Progressive: Harper’s Aboriginal Affairs Minister John Duncan Unexpectedly Resigns, Says He Lobbied A Tax Court Judge

by Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive, Feb. 15, 2013: Aboriginal Affairs Minister John Duncan resigned from Prime Minister Stephen Harper‘s cabinet Friday after admitting that he lobbied a tax court judge on behalf of an unnamed constituent. Duncan, the Conservative MP for Vancouver Island North, issued a statement in which he said he wrote . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: Harper’s Aboriginal Affairs Minister John Duncan Unexpectedly Resigns, Says He Lobbied A Tax Court Judge

Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links

This and that to end your week.

– Bruce Campbell argues that Alberta should take a lesson from Norway on how to manage natural resources – and plenty of other provinces could stand to take notes as well: The Norwegian government owns 80 per cent of petroleum production, and retains roughly 85 per cent of . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links

The Canadian Progressive: To Chief Theresa Spence, From Aboriginal Affairs Minister John Duncan

by Obert Madondo: If it’s a Christmas present, it’s a terrible one. No, an insult. A window into the insidious, hostile and frozen core of political power in Canada under Prime Minister Stephen Harper and the Conservatives. Yesterday, Christmas Day, Harper’s Aboriginal Affairs Minister John Duncan wrote to Chief Spence, whose indefinite hunger strike here . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: To Chief Theresa Spence, From Aboriginal Affairs Minister John Duncan

Stop the Insanity: Hey it’s Party Time – We have a Harper Anniversary to Celebrate!

Guess what today is!! (or was for you in the east) ….

Would you believe that they have the nerve to ask for a donation of $7 or more in order to help them “keep Canada’s economy on track”; what’s wrong Harper?… have you already spent all the budget on yours and your buddy’s . . . → Read More: Stop the Insanity: Hey it’s Party Time – We have a Harper Anniversary to Celebrate!

Stop the Insanity: Hey it’s Party Time – We have a Harper Anniversary to Celebrate!

Guess what today is!! (or was for you in the east) ….

Would you believe that they have the nerve to ask for a donation of $7 or more in order to help them “keep Canada’s economy on track”; what’s wrong Harper?… have you already spent all the budget on yours and your buddy’s lavish travel, zillion $ living out and 2nd home renovation allowance, and $100 breakfast expenses? Click here if you don’t believe me that they have that kind of gall; they made a special page to celebrate their 7 years at the trough.

I just keep finding more and more crap on these guys with special attention to my favourite MP – Mr. John Duncan who is in the thick of things as the Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development!

At this ATPN link you will find some of his latest performances (dance puppet dance). ATPN.ca-minister-john-duncan. A couple of these announcements were made on behalf of the Honourable Lynne Yelich, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification. I believe that these monies come out of the Western Economic Diversification Fund that was set up and funded many years ago and thereby, has already been accounted for and the larger fund earns interest each year in order to fund more projects. He wants to make you believe that they pulled out the cheque-book and provided new money for these projects. 

The truth is that organizations, community groups, etc. apply for these funds from a pool of allocated money each year. They go through an application and approval process that measures all types of means, and usually requires 1/3-1/3-1/3 funding. This means that 33.33% usually comes from the community’s coffers, 33.33% comes from the provincial tax payers, and 33.33% + the penny comes from federal tax payers.

You will see his generic statement made in the various locations at the different announcements:

“Our Government is committed to creating jobs, growth and long-term prosperity in our communities,” said the Honourable John Duncan. “By improving facilities such as this, we are helping to boost economic activity and maintain a high quality of life for Canadians.”

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In case you missed it:

Originally posted on November 1, 2012

OK – So I looked up this guy whose smiley face has been in my local paper…. Well, well, well, very interesting when you go to his web site that is on the business card sized ad in the paper; johnduncanmp.com, it does NOT obviously display his party affiliation; what’s wrong John Duncan, not proud of being a CONSERVATIVE at this point?.

On closer inspection, he must be a Conservative Party member. How a Conservative won a seat on Vancouver Island is beyond me; must have been due to vote splitting with NDP/Liberals/Green. I deduce that he is a Conservative by this statement on his web page:

In 2008, John became Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Indian and Northern Affairs and Northern Development.  In August 2010, he was appointed Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development, Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians, and Minister of the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency. After winning the 2011 election he continued his appointment as Minister but under the new title of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development.”

Follow me here… he is currently the Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development !!! Wouldn’t that be the most closely related Minister to what we are dealing with here on Vancouver Island and in all of BC and especially in the North in terms of oil sands and pipelines and the effect on First Nations??? And somehow he is ignoring the out-speaking of First Nations peoples. Oh but they got a new Cancer Hospital built in the North for them (Prince George); that outta fix that eh? Go figure, I guess we should be expecting a growth of cancer rates of peoples in the North that are drinking the water and breathing the air downstream/downwind of the tar sands.

This is beyond reason. I have not heard a peep from this guy on my news, yet he is my MP, and should be directly involved in what Harper is putting through legislatively right now. I might have been able to cut him some slack if he was an NDP, Liberal, or Green Party member MP. But his action and non-communication to his constituents (kowtowing Harper’s line) is unacceptable. Any robo-calls, over-budget campaign $, or polling station shenanigans with this guy???

I am calling you out Mr. (Hon.?; sorry I can’t call you honourable) John Duncan. Please explain to us Canadians what the hell you CONSERVATIVES are up to. Actually, too late, I don’t care what your damage control (BS spin) explanation is at this point because it is obvious to me that you have either:
     a)  Dropped the ball by being incompetent or,
     b)  You are corrupt and have been paid off or,
     c)  You kowtow (get used to the Chinese expressions) to Harper or,
     d)  All of the Above.
TAKE YOUR PICK – I am going with d) All of the Above.

How much did you get paid off? You definitely do not have the interests of your constituents at heart or even in your mind. Did you not see the protest in Victoria (however misplaced that it was)? That same and bigger protest will be coming to your home and Ottawa.

You, Mr. John Duncan are some special type of coward. I dare you to come back to your riding and hold a rally. Why are rallies only held during election time and then you go off and perform work that you are not mandated to do. You must have been misleading (directly or by ommission) your constituents over a year ago, because there is no way in hell that you would have been elected on this type of platform that has emerged from your leader. As a CABINET MINISTER, you CANNOT convince me that you DID NOT know what Harper’s agenda was or the direction it was heading at election time in 2011.

As far as I’m concerned, the entire Conservative Party lied to and misled all constituents across the country, along with some party members having participated in questionable and fraudulent election practices. What more does it take for us Canadians to recall you and your cohorts and demand a new election or at least a referendum on these foreign ownership and treaty issues.

Signed One of Your (involuntary) Constituents.

Oh and I just keep finding more and more good stuff; taken from:

Reference: http://www.wawataynews.ca

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Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development of Canada (AANDC) Minister John Duncan defended the bill before the committee on Oct. 15.

He said Bill C-27 will help build stronger, more self-sufficient First Nation communities, as it will allow community residents to view how band council funds are spent by their elected officials.

“Democracy depends on citizens being able to call their elected leaders to account to ensure they represent the community’s best interests,” Duncan said. “This would ensure that First Nations community members have the necessary information to make informed decisions about their governments.”

Some First Nation leaders have spoken out against the bill, calling it “paternalistic.”…

Again – worth repeating YOUR WORDS:

“Democracy depends on citizens being able to call their elected leaders to account to ensure they represent the community’s best interests,”… 

Bill C-27 is about making public the salaries of First Nations Officials, but Mr. Duncan’s words must have meaning and should apply to himself and ALL ELECTED OFFICIALS. I am calling on you, Mr. Duncan, to ACCOUNT for your actions or lack thereof, whichever the case may be.

. . . → Read More: Stop the Insanity: Hey it’s Party Time – We have a Harper Anniversary to Celebrate!

Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material to end your week.

– Tim Harper suggests that the Cons are running out of options to try to push the Gateway pipeline on a thoroughly-opposed public in British Columbia. But in keeping with the Cons’ general view of the world as nothing but a public relations problem to be shouted down for . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links

Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material for your weekend reading.

– Trish Hennessy points out that Rob Ford’s contemptuous attack on the idea of secure employment may offer an ideal contrast between the right-wing view of the economy and the stability citizens actually want for themselves: Remember when holding down a job for life was considered a sign of . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Morning Links

Accidental Deliberations: So that’s the trick

Apparently it took a community housing crisis for the Cons to finally commit to…building a school which Attawapiskat has desperately needed for years.

Which means that the housing problem too might be solved eventually – just as long as there’s another even larger and more immediate disaster that the Cons are trying to paper . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: So that’s the trick

Crazy Bitches R Us: Attawapiskat: Minister Dum-dum the Red Cross won’t swallow your spin.

A quick observation. In the media Aboriginal Affairs Minister John Dumdum wanted to convince reporters that he and his staff – who were so incompetent that they didn’t know there was a disaster at Attawapiskat in the first place – had the matter we… . . . → Read More: Crazy Bitches R Us: Attawapiskat: Minister Dum-dum the Red Cross won’t swallow your spin.

Crazy Bitches R Us: Attawapiskat: Minister Dum-dum the Red Cross won’t swallow your spin.

A quick observation. In the media Aboriginal Affairs Minister John Dumdum wanted to convince reporters that he and his staff – who were so incompetent that they didn’t know there was a disaster at Attawapiskat in the first place – had the matter well in hand. (I guess the spinners had to make the choice: . . . → Read More: Crazy Bitches R Us: Attawapiskat: Minister Dum-dum the Red Cross won’t swallow your spin.

Attawapiskat v. the patriarichal Prime Minister.

Today our Prime Minister is forcing Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence to pay $1300 a day for some Accountant to come into the community to take control of the local finances. According to the CBC,

The federal government is forcing the troubled Attawapiskat First Nation to pay a private-sector consultant about $1,300 a day . . . . → Read More: Attawapiskat v. the patriarichal Prime Minister.

Mike Holmes’s Holme-run

Mike Holmes said it best regarding the housing crisis in Attawapiskat. We need to stop building crap. It’s as simple as that Couple this with the allegation that the Government knew of the problems in Attawakpiskat for several years. Retired Indian Affairs Minister Chuck Strahl recounted to Evan Solomon on CBC’s The House: It was . . . → Read More: Mike Holmes’s Holme-run