The new Polish parliament represents a full spectrum of opinion — from the liberal right to the populist right to the ultra-conservative right.
The relatively monolithic composition is hardly a surprise. With a solid right-wing electoral consensus before the October 25 elections, the Right’s strong showing just signaled that its hegemony is firmly intact. The ultra-conservative Law and Justice party (PiS) won an outright majority of seats, replacing the center-right Citizen’s Platform (PO), which came in second.
Meanwhile, the compromised social-democratic post-Communists and the young, new left were completely shut out. If the Polish left is to revive itself and break today’s iron consensus, it (Read more…)
By: Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive: The Montreal Police violated the rights of protesters during the 2012 student protests, says a new 47-page report based on 384 witness accounts. The report, called ”Testimonies of the Student Strike: Repression And Discrimination,” was compiled by ASSÉ, Quebec’s largest student federation, in association with the Quebec Human Rights [...]
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It was revealed last month that Vic Toews, Canada’s Public Safety Minister, approved the raid, carried out for the Canada Border Services Agency’s reality television series.After the revelation, the BC Civil Liberties Association filed a formal complaint with the federal Privacy Commissioner on behalf of the migrant worker who was filmed. “Federal [...]
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The Commissioner of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), Christ Lewis, has taken to YouTube to silence self-righteous racists who are urging the Conservative government of Prime Minister Stephen Harper to apply force against the Idle No More movement’s peaceful protest actions. Only last week, an extremist Ontario Superior Court judge slammed the OPP for not nuking an #IdleNoMore protest. READ MORE
Richard ‘Hub’ Hughes-Political Blogger
PM Harper is a law and order guy supposedly. In reality he is softening laws on guns and making noises about getting tough on pot smokers!
What rubbish Steve. There is real crime that deserves your attention, and that is Canadian men who engage in ‘Sex Tourism’ travel to foreign countries exploiting and abusing young girls for sex.
This is not new and considering the time that you have been in office it appears brutal sex crimes by Canadian men against young girls and boys is not on your radar for correction.
PM Harper – Here is
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Evidence suggests that the Harper Government pressured Mexico to nuke peaceful protests at Canadian company Excellon Resources Inc’s La Platosa Mine.
In May, Corporal Catherine Galliford filed a claim of being sexually harassed by her male superiors during her 16 year career with our national police force, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP). Predictably, the responses from the four accused Mounties is denial. But, in this country famous for compassion, how are we supposed to understand the joint response (pdf) from the Canadian and B.C. governments? Denial and victim-blaming. Par excellence.
The accused officers “deny the acts described in Galliford’s suit actually happened.” Not only that. They tell us if Galliford was ever sexually harassed, the acts “were
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With the recent passage of crime Bill C-10 into law, we can expect a lot of young and first-time Canadian marijuana users in our high school system to do real time in jail. That’s because of the Conservative government’s’ tough-on-crime agenda and legendary disdain for evidence. And, especially, the long-standing societal myth that marijuana is the “gateway drug” leading to the use of other illicit drugs such as cocaine and heroin. Well, a report in the August 2012 edition of The Journal of School Health debunks the myth.
The real gateway drug is the more socially-acceptable drug: alcohol.
The report follows
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In this video, the CBC News reported from Texas where even tough-on-crime Republicans told Canada not to follow America’s failed path of mandatory sentences and massive prison expansion, which cost them billions and drove crime rates up. The report warned about the consequences of this un-Canadian and vindictive criminal justice approach: billions of taxpayers’ dollars; mega prisons; massive criminalization of the poor, youth, and all those who we should be helping not jailing.
The Harper government’s flagship tough on crime omnibus legislation will cost Canadian taxpayers at least $15-billion to implement. Bill C-10 is a suite of crime legislation that will radically stir the Canadian justice system away from the preventive and restorative measures which have proven to be more humane, effective and cheaper for Canada, towards billion-dollar vindictive and exclusionary measures. It favors punishment over compassion and rehabilitation. Where will the money come from? This smart video suggests that Canadians will be forced to sacrifice public goods to foot the bill.
The Parliament of Canada passed bill into a new law, the
In dictatorial regimes, tyrants rule by manipulating prevailing public emotions. They use the smallest emotional opportunity to create draconian laws that take away the people’s rights and freedoms. Public Safety Minister Vic Toews has certainly learned a thing or two from this modus operandi.
He wants to use Luka Rocco Magnotta’s gruesome murder and dismemberment of Montreal student Jun Lin to revive Bill C-30, the Conservative government’s doomed Internet surveillance legislation.
Don’t get me wrong. Magnotta’s crime is repugnant to the core. but equally repugnant is Toews’ attempt to use this particular crime to corner us into accepting the
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Last summer Prime Minister Stephen Harper and the Conservatives demonstrated their tough stance on foreigners suspected of war crimes abroad. The suspects were rounded up, detained and deported. The sweep was the beginning of a crackdown on immigrants that also … Continue reading →
Today, April 5, 2012, is the 23rd day of Obert Madondo’s indefinite hunger strike protest against Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s new Safe Streets and Communities Act (formerly omnibus crime Bill C-10). Obert’s five demands include the immediate repeal of the … Continue reading →
This journal entry covers days 12, 13 and 14 (March 25, 26 and 27) my indefinite hunger strike against Prime Minister Stephen Harper and the Conservatives’ draconian Safe Streets and Communities Act (Bill C-10). I started the peaceful protest at … Continue reading →
I delivered the letter yesterday afternoon. They wouldn’t let me hand in the letter in person. Said to sent it by mail. My MP, Paul Dewar (NDP, Ottawa Centre), saved the day. He delivered the letter on my behalf. The … Continue reading →
…What does it cost?
The Harper Party rebuttal: law and order is priceless!
The logical follow up: Is knowing the price-tag on policies to incarcerate people for non-violent offences too much to ask for these days?
The Harper Party rejoinder: YOU’RE SOFT ON CRIME!