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Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links

Assorted content to end your week.- Elise Gould studies the continued rise of wage inequality in the U.S. And Teuila Fuatai points out how a strong movement to improve minimum wages and study basic incomes in Canada still has a long way to go to secure… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links

Cowichan Conversations: Alcohol vs Weed

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Politics and its Discontents: Revisiting The Old Days

I am old enough to remember the days here in Ontario when getting alcohol of any kind from the Liquor Control Board (fondly known here as the LCBO) was a ritual conducted without joy. Far in the future lay today’s attractive displays of myriad products from around the world, inviting consumers to try new . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Revisiting The Old Days

Bill Longstaff: Ms. Harper supports the NDP position on marijuana

Speaking at a Conservative campaign office last week, Laureen Harper, the prime minister’s better half, declared that when it comes to marijuana possession, “You don’t put people in jail.” On the other hand, she also said marijuana use was worse than smoking or alcohol and she opposes full legalization. Nonetheless, her view would seem to . . . → Read More: Bill Longstaff: Ms. Harper supports the NDP position on marijuana

Pushed to the Left and Loving It: Mulcair’s Confusing Stance on Security and C-51

Columnist Ralph Surrette had a piece in the Chronicle Herald this weekend:  Harper defeat won’t suffice; this calls for fumigation
In it he questions why the NDP did not go on the attack when Stephen Harper announced that he’d institute a “ban on travel by Canadians to areas of terrorist activity “
This announcement sent a chill down the spine of many Canadians, and prompted experts to weigh in on the legality of such a move.  More importantly, however, it would mean the further deterioration of our rights.
Says Surrette:
After all, the arguments over the anti-terror law, Bill C-51, were still fresh — a law denounced by four former prime ministers (including a Tory one, Joe Clark), five retired chief justices of the Supreme Court, former ministers of justice and pretty well every legal expert in the country, that triggered alarm at the United Nations, that was described by both the RCMP and CSIS as “unnecessary” and that was denounced by the otherwise small-c conservative Globe and Mail as a “quasi-police state bill.” And here was Harper jerking our chains again on the same issue, proposing another broad dragnet largely outside the rule of law. What a political opportunity!

What a political opportunity indeed.  Both Justin Trudeau and Thomas Mulcair saw the ban proposal as political posturing.  I agree.  Not unlike the political posturing by the NDP over C-51, which is no longer a bill but a series of laws, affecting many areas.  
What is puzzling though, are Thomas Mulcair’s comments, when asked about Harper’s latest ploy.  Rather than denounce it, he claims that “obviously” he would support it.  He only questions whether it would actually do anything.
Huh?
He also states that C-51 was a failure because it did nothing to prevent the radicalization of youth.  What would he want to see in the bill to prevent “the radicalization of youth”?  
The only way to stop youth from being sympathetic to the goals of groups like ISIS, is to stop invading countries for oil.  Stop taking away one group’s human rights by painting them all as terrorists, while inflicting the worst kind of terror on their homelands, with bombs.
If there was even a hint of diplomacy in our foreign policy, young blood would not boil.
The NDP is now too focused on silencing any sympathy for Palestine, dropping candidates like flies, to care whether our rights are being violated.  How many New Canadians will be prevented from visiting their families? Given this government’s loose interpretation of terrorists, that could be just about anywhere.

 “Obviously we are going to support anything that will prevent the threat of terrorism”.  Really?

Thomas Mulcair and the NDP, if they were in power, would not scrap C-51.  They can’t.  It is now law, resulting from an omnibus bill that has changed many laws.  

At best, they will put through amendments to the anti-terrorism measures, that challenge our rights and freedoms.  Exactly what Justin Trudeau promised.

Hot air will only get you so far.

Besides, Mulcair’s new priority is decriminalizing marijuana.  In the first minute.  This will certainly win him the vote of drug dealers, as it gives them a free pass.  Without legalization, and thus control, it will do nothing to keep marijuana out of the hands of children.

Which brings up a bit more confusion over what Mulcair actually stands for.

. . . → Read More: Pushed to the Left and Loving It: Mulcair’s Confusing Stance on Security and C-51

Pushed to the Left and Loving It: Mulcair’s Confusing Stance on Security and C-51

Columnist Ralph Surrette had a piece in the Chronicle Herald this weekend:  Harper defeat won’t suffice; this calls for fumigation In it he questions why the NDP did not go on the attack when Stephen Harper announced that he’d institute a “ban on travel by Canadians to areas of terrorist activity “ This announcement sent . . . → Read More: Pushed to the Left and Loving It: Mulcair’s Confusing Stance on Security and C-51

The Canadian Progressive: Federal election 2015: Real debate about legalizing marijuana needed

Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s moral crusade against marijuana escalates the war on drugs wastes public resources on law enforcement and the justice system.

The post Federal election 2015: Real debate about legalizing marijuana needed appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

Bill Longstaff: Health Canada—another Conservative mouthpiece?

The Conservatives have started early on their advertising campaign for the upcoming election. We are, for example, being told ad nauseam that Justin Trudeau isn’t ready. With their large war chest, the Conservatives can afford to lay it on thick. But they’re not only relying on their own funds, they are also relying on ours. . . . → Read More: Bill Longstaff: Health Canada—another Conservative mouthpiece?

The Disaffected Lib: Wow, Not Quite Sure What to Make of This One.

Driving high on pot is safer, a lot safer than driving after drinking.  From the ordinarily staid Washington Post:

A new study from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration finds that drivers who use marijuana are at a significantly lower risk for a crash than drivers who use alcohol. And after adjusting for age, . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Wow, Not Quite Sure What to Make of This One.

The Disaffected Lib: If It Scares Canadians, It’s Manna from Heaven for the Tories

Manipulating the public with carefully tailored fear is despicable.  It’s also the entire first chapter in Stephen Harper’s playbook.  He’s been incredibly successful in using fear as a weapon to motivate his own political base from the outset.

If you own a working television set chances are you’ve seen the Harper government’s anti-marijuana ad.  It’s . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: If It Scares Canadians, It’s Manna from Heaven for the Tories

ParliamANT Hill: ANTi-marijuana ad’s dubious claim a scary hit with parents

Satire inspired by this headline: http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/anti-marijuana-ad-s-dubious-claim-a-scary-hit-with-parents-1.2876654 . . . → Read More: ParliamANT Hill: ANTi-marijuana ad’s dubious claim a scary hit with parents

ParliamANT Hill: ANTi-marijuana ad’s dubious claim a scary hit with parents

Satire inspired by this headline: http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/anti-marijuana-ad-s-dubious-claim-a-scary-hit-with-parents-1.2876654

Politics and its Discontents: Beware! Just Say No!

This latest anti-drug propaganda public service ad from the Harper regime is not being well received. Here is a sampling of the critical reaction culled from You Tube: – “As a Canadian taxpayer, I’m highly offended that my money contributed to this mass disinformation, which amounts to nothing more than scare tactics. It’s time . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Beware! Just Say No!

The Disaffected Lib: Will British Columbia be the Last Pacific Jurisdiction to Legalize Pot?

Washington took recreational marijuana off the state criminal books two years ago.  Last night voters in Alaska and Oregon followed suit.  California is expected to do the same in 2016.

Imagine.  British Columbia, the province once known for “B.C. Bud”, could be the last jurisdiction on the Pacific Coast to have a criminal prohibition against . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Will British Columbia be the Last Pacific Jurisdiction to Legalize Pot?

Pushed to the Left and Loving It: Are the New Conservative Election Fraud Plans Going up in Smoke?

In April of this year, an ambulance was called to 24 Sussex Drive, after a teenage girl had consumed too much alcohol. No charges were laid, despite the fact that she was underage.

The occasion was a birthday party for Stephen Harper’s son Ben, and the official response was that the Harpers were just . . . → Read More: Pushed to the Left and Loving It: Are the New Conservative Election Fraud Plans Going up in Smoke?

Montreal Simon: Reefer Madness and the Corruption of Rona Ambrose

Well it could have been just another day in the glamorous life of Rona Ambrose Health Minister. Serving the public, like an Angel of Mercy, and servicing Stephen Harper, like the Angel of Death.Not necessarily in that order. But then she blew it. Again. By trying to make the country's doctors believe that the . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Reefer Madness and the Corruption of Rona Ambrose

Montreal Simon: Doctors Refuse to Join The Con Campaign Against Justin Trudeau

The other day I wrote about how horrified and disgusted I was to see Stephen Harper's Cons trying to use doctors to attack Justin Trudeau.By inviting them to endorse an anti-marijuana ad campaign clearly designed to reinforce their own filthy and misleading attack ads.Well now the country three main medical organizations have delivered their . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Doctors Refuse to Join The Con Campaign Against Justin Trudeau

Montreal Simon: Julian Fantino, Justin Trudeau, and the Marijuana Baloney Meter

Well as you know Julian Fantino is the worst Veterans Affairs Minister this country has ever known.An incompetent bully if ever there was one.But now he has a new cause. Saving us and the children of Canada from the dastardly Justin Trudeau.

Justin Trudeau cannot be trusted with our safety. He's soft on . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Julian Fantino, Justin Trudeau, and the Marijuana Baloney Meter

Montreal Simon: Reefer Madness:The Cons Try To Use Doctors to Attack Justin Trudeau !!

There is apparently no sordid depth to which Stephen Harper will not stoop or plunge, no sewer he will not crawl through, in his depraved and desperate attempt to smear and destroy Justin Trudeau.He's called him a girly man, a junkie and a terrorist.And now he's trying to use doctors to attack Trudeau's position . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Reefer Madness:The Cons Try To Use Doctors to Attack Justin Trudeau !!

Politics and its Discontents: End Prohibition – The New York Times

The editorial board of America’s “newspaper of record” has called for Washington to repeal federal laws prohibiting marijuana. The New York Times says it’s time to end America’s second prohibition:

It took 13 years for the United States to come to its senses and end Prohibition, 13 years in which people kept drinking, otherwise . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: End Prohibition – The New York Times

Pushed to the Left and Loving It: It Was Wrong When Ronald Reagan Did it and Just as Wrong For Stephen Harper

In, albeit not their sleaziest act, the Harper government blanketed the Ontario federal riding of Scarborough-Agincourt with flyers, aimed at the Liberals, for the upcoming bi-election.

Not unusual during an election campaign.

What made these flyers beyond the pale, was their content. Hoping to tap into the abundant immigrant community for votes, they suggest . . . → Read More: Pushed to the Left and Loving It: It Was Wrong When Ronald Reagan Did it and Just as Wrong For Stephen Harper

Left Over: Won’t Take a Weatherman to Know Which Way the Smoke Blows…

Tories and Liberals gang up on NDP over mailings—why now? What’s to be gained by a normally secretive all-party club of MPs attacking some of its members?

By Leslie MacKinnon, CBC News Posted: Jun 21, 2014 5:00 AM ET Last Updated: Jun 21, 2014 7:30 AM ET

In another section of this . . . → Read More: Left Over: Won’t Take a Weatherman to Know Which Way the Smoke Blows…

Writings of J. Todd Ring: Hemp Revolution

Hemp has enormous potential to help us build an ecologically sound society. It can replace most uses of tree-derived paper products and lumber, thus saving vast amounts of forests. It can eliminate and replace most uses of synthetic fibres, which are used in clothing, furniture, carpets and textiles, and virtually all uses of plastics, . . . → Read More: Writings of J. Todd Ring: Hemp Revolution

BigCityLib Strikes Back: Cease And Desist: Zig-Zag Puts Kibosh on Justin Trudeau Rollies

CANNABIS CULTURE – So I received a cease and desist order via registered mail today from ZIG ZAG. It’s 3 pages of their request, followed by 50 pages of their copyrights they own. In one part their letter mentions “Even though your use of our client’s copyrighted works make a political spoof of Mr. Justin . . . → Read More: BigCityLib Strikes Back: Cease And Desist: Zig-Zag Puts Kibosh on Justin Trudeau Rollies

Progressive Proselytizing: PM Plays Pot Politics Perfectly

Whatever else one might be tempted to say about Harper, nobody is going to claim he is not politically savvy. His latest move – considering changing marijuana laws to include a ticketing system – is tactically brilliant.

Consider the context: Justin Trudeau has adopted the brave stance to support marijuana legalization after it . . . → Read More: Progressive Proselytizing: PM Plays Pot Politics Perfectly