PHOTOS: Refugees from the Syrian civil war clog a road near the Syria-Iraq border. (UNHCR photo.) Below: Saskatchewan Conservative MP Kelly Block’s constituency leaflet; Ms. Block herself; Immigration Minister Chris Alexander. For several years, the government of Prime Minister Stephen Harper has played to the worst instincts of a significant portion of its political base . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: The refugee crisis: Harper Conservatives just can’t spin it both ways
“If a sociology professor applies a day before a medical doctor, the professor’s application gets processed first … I mean, we don’t really need a sociology professor. “. Jason Kenney
Stephen Harper’s recent refusal to call a public inquiry into missing and exploited Aboriginal women, should not come as a surprise to Canadians, given . . . → Read More: Pushed to the Left and Loving It: Don’t Blame Stephen Harper, Blame Edmund Burke
I’d certainly be interested to see some evidence that Conservative MPs are doing anything more than dispensing party talking points. But while there may be some better examples available, the contents of Jason Warick’s report this morning look to me to fall far short.
Let’s go point by point…
– At last notice, Con . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: On continued control
by Obert Madondo (@Obiemad) In Canada we hardly confront racism by political figures. As a consequence, Prime Minister Stephen Harper‘s government and Conservative MPs are having a field day practicing racism and creating resentment towards minority groups dominated by persons of color. Earlier this year, Harper’s immigrant-bashing minister of Immigration and Multiculturalism, Jason Kenney, introduced . . . → Read More: Canadian ProgressiveCanadian Progressive: Canadians to Conservative MP Kelly Block: We Disagree With Racism
…in spite or, or perhaps because of, her rank immigrant bashing. As noted in my comments:
“We’re holding our annual Small Business Week Luncheon this Friday, Oct. 19. This year’s guest speaker is MP Kelly Block. I’m asking the favour of your attendance for a couple of reasons. Firstly, we didn’t get as much promotional time . . . → Read More: BigCityLib Strikes Back: Immigrant Basher Kelly Block Still Big In Saskatoon
A nice take-down can be found here. Although I would note to the author Mr. Mandryk that at least they’re aren’t after Hunkys anymore. No. The Harper government has more or less randomly chosen Hungarians as their scapegoat du jour. They’re thinking a few moves ahead, post Afghan mission. Who do we get the . . . → Read More: BigCityLib Strikes Back: See Kelly Block’s Disgusting Flyer!!!
This and that for your Tuesday reading.
– Crawford Kilian talks to Ed Broadbent about the effect of increasing inequality and the prospect of changing course: On how quickly things could turn around:
“I’d like to see a strategic plan. We can’t change overnight after 20 years. We could take a series of measures; B.C., . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links
Here, on how the mixed-riding proposal of Saskatchewan’s federal electoral boundaries commission offers at least some improvement over the current all-rurban mess when it comes to recogizing communities of interest.
For further reading…– Joe Couture covers both the initial proposal, and reactions from parties and academics.– Kelly Block’s acknowledgment that rural voters in Saskatoon-Rosetown-Biggar would . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: New column day