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Cowichan Conversations: We Are Being Occupied by Steve Harper–Canada’s Worst Prime Minister Ever!

Cowichan Conversations: Howard Zinn–Civil Disobedience Is Not Our Problem

Cowichan Conversations: Harper, BC Tory MPs have oil on their hands from English Bay spill

Richard Hughes-Cowichan Conversations

It is when events like the recent bunker oil spill in English Bay take place that the value of independent writers, thinkers, and bloggers like Rafe Mair display their real value.

Here is Rafe’s take on this mess in English Bay that has spread around the harbour.

It is a disgusting, but only a drop in the bucket to what lies ahead if we do not put a halt to the insane notion of shipping oil, refined or compressed from Tar sands products, through our coast and harbour.

Whether it be by water or rail the certain accidents will (Read more…)

Cowichan Conversations: Chris Hedges Calls Steve Harper A Pawn Or Puppet Of Corporations

Richard Hughes-Political Blogger

The Vancouver Observer has been a most welcome edition to the media mix in the Vancouver market and beyond.

They prove, dig and unapologetically provide us with hard hitting journalism with the integrity and purpose.

‘PM Stephen Harper has turned Canada into an advanced surveillance and security state’-Chris Hedges

Now that Harper has rammed Bill C 51-the supposed anti terror bill, report like Jenny Uechi and the Vancouver Observer are of increased value.

Jenny Uechi is Managing Director of Observer Media Group, and Managing Editor of The Vancouver Observer.


Chris Hedges photo by Jenny Uechi


Jenny (Read more…)

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Cowichan Conversations: Oh! Oh! Canada

Cowichan Conversations: Obama Vetoes Bill Pushing Pipeline Approval

Richard Hughes-Political Blogger

In one of Washington’s worst kept secrets President Barack Obama confirmed earlier indications of his opposition to the Keystone XL pipeline proposal. This is huge and could help bring about rejection of the Enbridge and Kinder Morgan proposals as well.

The New York Times reports on this far reaching development. In Canada all eyes will be on ‘Steve’. Could this trigger the end of Enbridge and Kinder Morgan as well?

WASHINGTON — President Obama on Tuesday rejected an attempt by lawmakers to force his hand on the Keystone XL oil pipeline, using his veto pen to sweep (Read more…)

Cowichan Conversations: Bill C-51–Trudeau Liberals and Mulcair New Democrats Put Party First-Canada Second

Richard Hub Hughes-Political Blogger

I am a life long New Democrat and I am appalled at the ‘weak as water’ positioning that the Thomas Mulcair led NDP have offered in regard to the Harper anti terror Bill C 51, a bill that will, if passed, turn Canada into a CSIS Police State.

Mulcair has said he opposes Bill C 51, but so far lacks the passion and commitment necessary to have his concerns registered as significant.

Justin Trudeau just choked and offered his support right from the beginning.

PM Steve Harper salutes Canada

If Mulcair and Trudeau not going to go to (Read more…)

Cowichan Conversations: Cowichan-Malahat Langford Green Party Nominate Fran Hunt-Jinnouche-Elizabethg Presses For Parliamentary Reform

Don Maroc

The Green Party of Canada gives at least two meanings to the colour in it name. It stands, of course, for environmental respect and for ecology before corporate economy.

In addition it is a collection of political neophytes, exemplified by the party leader Elizabeth May, Member of Parliament for Saanich-Gulf Islands. Acutely intelligent, massively knowledgeable, broadly respectful, economically savvy, hometown charismatic, and she is politically charming and naive.

Last week at the Cowichan-Malahat-Langford Green Party gathering to select their candidate to run in this November’s federal election Elizabeth — it’s difficult to not use her first name, she (Read more…)

Cowichan Conversations: Alistair MacGregor Won the Cowichan-Malahat-Langford NDP Nomination Today.

Alistair MacGregor will represent the Cowichan-Malahat-Langford NDP in the Upcoming Federal Election

Four hundred and fifty-five New Democrats filled up the Cowichan Secondary Gymnasium this afternoon, while another 30 or so gathered at the Langford Legion to nominate Alistair MacGregor to represent the NDP in the upcoming Federal Election.

More to follow.

Cowichan Conversations: Paul Manly Now Seeking Green Party Nomination in Nanaimo-Ladysmith

Richard Hughes-Political Blogger

The Federal NDP has turned their backs on many NDP values and shifted to the centre under the leadership of Thomas Mulcair.

A disturbing number of NDP member activists have been blocked from even seeking nominations.

What has happened to today’s NDP federally and provincially was once unthinkable.

Is this a harbinger of what lies ahead ?

Paul Manly


On Facebook Paul Manly was asked “What has changed?”


I will tell you what changed for me. You will know from my film work and my community organizing that I am solid and unequivocal on a (Read more…)

Cowichan Conversations: Prime Minister Harper’s Ugly Evangelical Capitalism

Richard Hughes-Political Blogger

The transformation of our country that Steve Harper foreshadowed has been underway for sometime and the results have been devastating. The war on science, scientists, the environment and environmentalists has been ruthless and unrelenting.

Canada, once an internationally respected nation that excelled at peace keeping and demonstrated to the world that solid environmental stewardship and a kinder, gentler approach to governance was both possible and achievable.

PM Steve Harper-The Ugly Canadian

That was some time ago. Today the term ‘Ugly Canadian’ has become a valid description of our Prime Minister and applies equally to the obedient supporting (Read more…)

Cowichan Conversations: Socialist Stephen Lewis Roars Once More in Takedown of the Stephen Harper Government

By: Tim Harper National Affairs, Published on Sun Nov 23 2014

At the age of 77, Stephen Lewis describes himself as being “happily in his dotage,” a man free to bare his soul and dispense with diplomatic niceties.

He did just that in Charlottetown last Friday. The one-time lion of the left unleashed a withering roar over eight years of Stephen Harper government that deserves to be moved from the relatively tiny confines of the Confederation Centre of the Arts and into a larger forum.

Lewis focused on five fronts of perhaps irreversible decline in this country, five only, because (Read more…)

Cowichan Conversations: Kinder Morgan Slaps Burnaby Residents With A Multi-Million-Dollar Lawsuit

Richard Hughes-We are being occupied!

Whoever thought that in Canada our Prime Minister and the Premier of BC would sell us out as is being done by Harper and Christy Clark?

They have made a deal with the devil eager to play in the LNG game and we are all being taken to the cleaners.

We are being overrun by foreign oil and gas interests and our governments have signed agreements with them that discount our rights in our own country.

Burnaby Mayor Derek Corrigan has dared to stand and fight the likes of Kinder-Morgan but the cards are stacked (Read more…)

Cowichan Conversations: Politics, Hockey, Fall Sitting at the BC Legislature and Local Elections-Game on!

Richard Hughes-Political Blogger

We are moving into autumn, our glorious climate change driven summer is wrapping up even though our confused tomato plants refuse to stop providing even more ripe tomatoes.

Last night our beloved Vancouver Canucks warmed our hockey deprived souls with a win in the season opener against the Calgary Flames at the Saddledome.

BC NDP Leader John Horgan is determined even as he is smiling.

Our BC Legislature has been a scene of activity featuring accusations and highly partisan posturing in a rare fall legislative session is in gear. NDP’s new leader John Horgan finally has the (Read more…)

Cowichan Conversations: Canadians deserve more honesty than Prime Minister Harper is willing to give them.

Canadians deserve more honesty than Prime Minister Harper is willing to give them.

He’s too busy defending Big Oil to tackle climate change, or even tell the truth about it.

And that’s what has Dr. Jaccard — and many other Canadian scientists — so upset.


Read his whole essay here 

Cowichan Conversations: Former Enbridge Lobbyist Named New Head of B.C. Government Communications Branch

Richard Hughes-Political Blogger

During the Dog Days of Summer few are paying attention to the political scene, but that is often when they sneak through programs, reports and in this case a shocking appointment that will not be glossed over no matter how hot it is.

Ms Premier Christy Clark may have actually set a new low with this latest scheme.

It will be interesting to see how the media responds to this sleazy move.

BTW, Has anybody seen Mark Marrisen lately? Is there a connection?

Carol Linnit from Desmog Canada broke this story and we are glad that she did.

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Cowichan Conversations: Forum Research PollTrudeau’s Liberals Open Up Wide Lead Over Conservatives-NDP Trail

Richard Hughes-Political Blogger

This is encouraging news for Justin Trudeau and his Liberals. They have stretched their lead over the Conservatives and the trailing NDP.

It is still a long time until the scheduled October 19th, 2015 Federal Election but the trend continues to show Trudeau pulling away from the Harper led Conservatives.

Both Harper and Mulcair could still be replaced as it is becoming clear that their respective parties will not advance with them remaining as leader.

Will they step down or toppled when their MP’s see that they may not stand much chance of being re-elected with their (Read more…)

Cowichan Conversations: iPolitics–Is Mulcair Just Another Harper With a Beard?

Richard Hughes-Political Blogger

In the quest for power Federal NDP leader Thomas Mulcair has abandoned previously held NDP principles and beliefs and that is causing heartburn on the left, and centre-left.

The shift to the right that has taken place has left many NDP supporters wondering if the NDP is where they want to be. Others have already turned and walked away.

New Democrats for ‘Fairness and Transparency (nd4ft) posted this piece where Anne McGrath promised hands off fair and open nominations.

In truth and reality the National Director, Anne McGrath has banned two long time members, Paul Manly and Laurie (Read more…)

Cowichan Conversations: NDP Continue Blocking Members Seeking Nominations

Richard Hughes-Political Blogger

Long time New Democrat Laurie Gourlay, MLA Doug Routley’s-Nanaimo-North Cowichan’s Constituency Assistant, was blocked from competing for the nomination in Nanaimo-Ladysmith. He was the second and one of 14 across Canada.

Here is his opinion piece that ruffled the somewhat jumpy and trigger happy NDP National Director and one presumes Thomas Mulcair as well.

Gourlay seemed surprisingly at ease after being rebuffed for his role in promoting Vancouver Island separation from BC and the establishment of a new Province of Vancouver Island.

Laurie Gourlay-NDP Loyalist rebuffed by Federal Party

He told me yesterday that National Office was concerned (Read more…)

Cowichan Conversations: Elizabeth May backs Green Party motion condemning ‘illegal’ Israeli settlements

Convention motion could attract support from disgruntled New Democrats, author suggests

By Kady O’Malley, CBC News

Green Party Leader Elizabeth May has co-sponsored a policy resolution condemning Israeli settlements that is expected to come up for debate during the party’s policy convention in Fredericton this weekend. (Sean Kilpatrick/Canadian Press)


The proposed resolution is on the list of policy proposals slated to come up for debate during the party’s weekend convention in Fredericton.

The Federal NDP Thomas Mulcair said:

“Since the start of the most recent tensions, the NDP has been in contact with Israeli and Palestinian representatives in Ottawa. (Read more…)

Cowichan Conversations: Thomas Mulcair-Anne McGrath Stop Interfering In Local NDP Nominations

Richard Hughes-It is time the NDP risked democracy

The Federal NDP often tries to favourably compare themselves as being more democratic and grass roots driven than the Liberals or Conservatives. It may well have been that way in the past but they certainly cannot claim that high ground today.

The Nanaimo Ladysmith Riding has seen the National Director Anne McGrath step in and block the right of two long-term party members to seek the nomination. What is worse is that the inner circle have refused to state the reasons in writing.

Paul Manly speaking on his own behalf offered this: The (Read more…)

Cowichan Conversations: Another Court Loss For the Miserable Mean Spirited Harper Government

Richard Hughes-Political Blogger

Another beautiful day in the neighbourhood, brightened by this Federal Court decision that slaps down the ‘cruel and unusual’ treatment of refugees at the hands of our out of sync PM Steve Harper.

Judged harshly and sharply the Harper crew are going to appeal this decision.

When the governments refuse to accept court decisions they are called __________!

PM Harper, mean spirited, out of sync with Canadians

Step by disgusting step Harper is indeed dismantling Canada. He constantly embarrasses and humiliates us on the world stage and is ruining our reputation as a friendly, progressive, fair minded (Read more…)

Cowichan Conversations: Prime Minister Harper’s Traitorous Attack On the CBC

Richard Hughes-CBC Is Under Attack!


PM Steve Harper’s hatred for anything of benefit in the public domain has manifested itself through an intended assault on the CBC and its’ programming is unprecedented in our history.

Here from Press Progress is a sobering history of the CBC and an ananlysis of what is at risk.

Get used to a lot less CBC.

That’s a key takeaway from the public broadcaster’s new five-year plan that will see between 1,000 and 1,500 jobs eliminated by 2020 (on top of 657 staff already cut earlier this year).

No wonder CBC is slashing (Read more…)

Cowichan Conversations: Tsilhqot’in Nation Gives Canada a New Chance to Do It Right

Step by step the Canada’s Supreme Court is humanizing Canada in spite of our mean spirited Prime Minister and our chequered past treatment of First Nations peoples, culture and values.

This Mitchell Anderson Opinion piece ran in the Tyee recently and is well worth your attention.

Grand Chief Stewart Phillip of the Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs: the terms of the deal are no longer the same. Photo credit Times Colonist

Culture and natural resources may seem to have little in common, but their intersection is about to become very important in Canada.

The sweeping decision by the Supreme (Read more…)

Cowichan Conversations: Mulcair Denies Paul Manly the Right To Seek Nomination In Nanaimo Ladysmith

Dear Friends and Supporters

I would like to thank you all for your support and encouragement for my bid for the nomination to be the NDP candidate for the new federal riding of Nanaimo-Ladysmith. It is with regret that I write to tell you that the federal NDP has refused to allow me to stand as a candidate.

The local riding executive approved my candidacy for the nomination but the NDP National Director, Ann McGrath, has not approved me and the federal NDP executive will not let me stand as a candidate.

I have done nothing illegal or immoral, nothing (Read more…)