Pushed to the Left and Loving It: Life Getting Tough in Harperland

The consumer price index reveals that Canadians are paying higher prices today than a year ago, with significant increases in food (up 4.8%), shelter (up 1.5%) and gasoline (up 13.5%). Yet wages have only increased .08%  We are not keeping pace. The Harper government can’t blame this on the global crisis because similar increases were reported in ...

Pushed to the Left and Loving It: Jim Flaherty Joins the GOP in Bid to Stick it to Workers

I can understand now why Stephen Harper claims to only watch American news.  How else can his government follow the trends, though the GOP are lagging? Jim Flaherty announced an increase in payroll taxes ages ago. The parties who claim to support lower taxes are instead increasing them, though only for those lucky enough to ...

Pushed to the Left and Loving It: Could the Right-Wing Threat Get Any Worse?

High profile Scotland Yard officers have been forced to resign over the Rupert Murdoch scandal and the whistle blower is dead. An investigation is underway in Canada involving Fox News North/Sun Media and how THEY obtained a police file on Jack Layton and the massage parlour. Toronto has a redneck mayor, Rob Ford. Harper has ...

Pushed to the Left and Loving It: Is Harper Planning to Wage War on Russia?

Ater invading Poland …. Oops! Wrong dicatator. After putting our soldiers in the most dangerous places in Afghanistan (A Soldier First, Rick Hillier) and blasting Libya back to the stone age, the Harperites are ready to flex their muscles with Russia. As Canada’s combat role in Afghanistan comes to an end — as is being ...

Pushed to the Left and Loving It: The Flotilla to Gaza Has Fox News North in a Flap

Fox News North is in a right flap over Canada’s participation in the Flotilla to Gaza, to deliver badly needed humanitarian aid. Conservative columnist John Robson claims they are acting like children, and Brian Lilley says that because there is an obesity problem in Palestine, they don’t really need aid. Obesity is not always about ...

Pushed to the Left and Loving It: It’s Not About the Life Jackets Dammit

Chris Selley writes a column for the National Post this week about mandatory life jackets, coming soon to a lake near you. He brings up a story in the Toronto Star two years ago, suggesting that mandatory life jackets might not be a bad thing, given the increase in drowning victims that particular summer. But ...

Pushed to the Left and Loving It: JP Morgan Fined $153.6M For Doing God’s Work

It is becoming increasingly evident that the so-called “Economic Crisis” was carefully engineered to force governments to tear down their welfare states. The 153.6 million fine for JP Morgan is a drop in the bucket, when we look at the billions of dollars given in bailout money, much of which went to pay bonuses to ...

Pushed to the Left and Loving It: So Who’s the Elitist Now?

Rhys Kesselman, Canada Research Chair in Public Finance and a professor at Simon Fraser University’s School of Public Policy, has an op-ed in the Globe and Mail discussing the Harper government’s new tax policies, clearly designed to benefit the highest wage earners. Neoconservatives love to talk about “lower taxes”, but they don’t really mean lower ...

Pushed to the Left and Loving It: Harper Dispenses With Throne Speech Debate. Why Not Just Cancel Debate Altogether?

The Harperites have decided to cancel the debate that usually follows the throne speech. I mean what’s the point? Unless we’re going to have legitimate, well researched questions from the opposition, it will just be more noise. They claim that “The government’s priority is to get its budget passed by June 23, when Parliament is ...