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Alberta Politics: Jason Kenney on the road: time theft, corporate gifts and the mysterious absence of ‘Porky the Waster Hater’

PHOTOS: The Jason Kenney shotgun-marriage campaign’s convenient and colourful motorhome, with Mr. Kenney, exiting, in the foreground. Who owns it? Who is paying for it? Below: A billboard advertising Mr. Kenney’s campaign near Grande Prairie. Same … . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: Jason Kenney on the road: time theft, corporate gifts and the mysterious absence of ‘Porky the Waster Hater’

The Canadian Progressive: Canadians: It’s time to either reform or abolish the Senate, already!

According to a new post-Duffy trial poll, thirty-nine per cent of Canadians say the Senate should be abolished. Many more say the unelected Red Chamber remains “too damaged to ever earn their goodwill”. The post Canadians: It’s time to either ref… . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: Canadians: It’s time to either reform or abolish the Senate, already!

The Canadian Progressive: Harper’s Police State Anti-terrorism Bill C-51 “Dangerous”: 100+ Academics

More than 100 academics sign letter telling Canadian MPs that Harper’s proposed anti-terrorism legislation, Bill C-51, would allow CSIS to violate Canadians’ privacy rights.

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The Canadian Progressive: Ottawa shooting: Soldier shot at War Memorial has died

The Ottawa Police Service confirms that the Canadian Forces member shot earlier today at the National War Memorial has died.

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The Canadian Progressive: Principled Abstention: Why Liberal MP Irwin Cotler Abstained From Iraq War Vote

Did Liberal MP Irwin Cotler rebel against party leader Justin Trudeau when he abstained from Tuesday’s House of Commons vote on Harper’s decision to drag Canada into an unwinnable military campaign in Iraq?

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The Canadian Progressive: Elizabeth May Responds To Harper’s Iraq War Motion

Green Party Leader Elizabeth May agrees with Harper that “Canada cannot stand on the sidelines,” but warns that “bombings have never ended an Islamic or any religious extremist terrorist threat.”

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The Canadian Progressive: Bizarre Conservative MP Paul Calandra’s Wikipedia Page Vandalized

Someone really pissed off has edited Paul Calandra’s Wikipedia page to reflect the Conservative MP’s bizarre obsession with Israel.

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The Cracked Crystal Ball II: Mr. Coyne’s Flaccid Critique

Andrew Coyne’s latest column starts off with a clear enough statement of how the Harper Government has engaged in tactics which prevent the engines of parliament from holding those in power accountable. Not only was the House of Commons conveniently shuttered, but neither the minister responsible, Lisa Raitt, nor any Canada Post executives were on hand . . . → Read More: The Cracked Crystal Ball II: Mr. Coyne’s Flaccid Critique

Alberta Diary: Is Chuck Strahl’s dual role on the Manning Centre and security committee appropriate?

Chuck Strahl listens to a participant in the Manning Centre conference in Ottawa in March. Below: Manning Centre founder and figurehead, Preston Manning.

Should Chuck Strahl be able to serve simultaneously on the board of the Manning Centre for Building Democracy, a partisan political organization tied to the ruling Conservative Party of Prime . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: Is Chuck Strahl’s dual role on the Manning Centre and security committee appropriate?

The Canadian Progressive: Premier Wynne can push for national referendum on future of the Senate

By Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive, Feb. 18, 2013: In, 2004, Stephen Harper described Canada’s Senate as a “dumping ground for the favoured cronies of the Prime Minister.” He also said: “I will not name appointed people to the Senate. Anyone who sits in the Parliament of Canada must be elected by the people . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: Premier Wynne can push for national referendum on future of the Senate

The Canadian Progressive: Senator Patrick Brazeau Must Go!

If Brazeau stays on as an independent Senator, he’ll cost Canadian taxpayers at lease $7-million by the time he retires approximately 37 years from today. By Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive, Feb. 8, 2013: Conservative Sen. Patrick Brazeau’s charges of assault and sexual assault offer Prime Minister Stephen Harper the opportunity to do the . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: Senator Patrick Brazeau Must Go!

The Canadian Progressive: Manitoba Chiefs urge Canadians to demand immediate repeal of Bills C-38 and C-45

by Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs | Jan 11, 2013: The Chiefs of the First Nations in Manitoba invite all Canadians and non-­‐ governmental organizations (NGOs) to join First Nations in requesting the immediate repeal of Bills C-­38 and of C-­45 as well as the repeal of any existing or proposed legislation that impact waters, fisheries . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: Manitoba Chiefs urge Canadians to demand immediate repeal of Bills C-38 and C-45

The Canadian Progressive: Harper government bills that enraged First Nations, Theresa Spence, and birthed #IdleNoMore

Yesterday, Idle No More, the grassroots movement for Aboriginal justice, flexed its muscle with peaceful blockages of bridges and border crossings across Canada. Dr. Pamela Palmater, an indigenous activist and chair in Indigenous Governance at Ryerson University, says #IdleNoMore is pushing back at the aggressive assimilation agenda of the right-wing Conservative government of Prime Minister . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: Harper government bills that enraged First Nations, Theresa Spence, and birthed #IdleNoMore

The Canadian Progressive: Obert Madondo’s Canada crime Bill C-10 hunger strike: Response from the Minister of Justice

On June 6, I ended my 85-day hunger strike against Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s New Jim Crow-style crime Bill C-10, the deceptively christened “Safe Streets and Communities Act”. Two of my demands: the immediate repeal the Safe Streets and Communities Act and a national inquiry for the 600+ missing and murdered aboriginal women and girls. . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: Obert Madondo’s Canada crime Bill C-10 hunger strike: Response from the Minister of Justice

CANADIAN PROGRESSIVE WORLD: MPs in the dark about the billions in Conservative government spending

Now we know why Treasury Board President Tony Clement did not think twice before spending $50-million of G8 funds in his Muskoka riding. Why Parliamentary Budget Officer Kevin Page threatened to sue the Harper government for refusing to comply with his repeated requests for financial and related information. Now we know why some of the . . . → Read More: CANADIAN PROGRESSIVE WORLD: MPs in the dark about the billions in Conservative government spending

CANADIAN PROGRESSIVE WORLD: What Republican Texas Said About Harper’s Crime Bill C-10

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; . . . → Read More: CANADIAN PROGRESSIVE WORLD: What Republican Texas Said About Harper’s Crime Bill C-10

CANADIAN PROGRESSIVE WORLD: Harper’s Crime Bill C-10: Breaking Down The Cost

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 . . . → Read More: CANADIAN PROGRESSIVE WORLD: Harper’s Crime Bill C-10: Breaking Down The Cost

CANADIAN PROGRESSIVE WORLD: Harper Government Must Set Canadian Scientists Free

Nature, one of the biggest and most-read scientific journals in the world, made this call in a February 29th editorial. The journal lamented the Harper Government’s undisguised hostility to openness, expert opinion and publicly-funded scientific expertise. Rightly so.

At some point, the government’s stated communication policy, posted on a federal website and directed civil servants, . . . → Read More: CANADIAN PROGRESSIVE WORLD: Harper Government Must Set Canadian Scientists Free

CANADIAN PROGRESSIVE WORLD: Canada’s “Refugee Exclusion Act” Clears Commons

What a sad day for Canadian politics! All day today, millions of us were entranced by the epic beginning of the struggle against Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s draconian Budget Bill C-38. In the meantime, the Conservatives used their majority advantage in the House of Commons to pass Immigration minister Jason Kenney‘s backward-looking legislation, Bill . . . → Read More: CANADIAN PROGRESSIVE WORLD: Canada’s “Refugee Exclusion Act” Clears Commons

CANADIAN PROGRESSIVE WORLD: Budget Bill C-38: A Conservative Insurgency Against Harper?

Earlier this week, the NDP and other Federal opposition parties released the findings of their Canada-wide public consultations on Stephen Harper’s Budget Implementation Act, Bill C-38. Yesterday, the parties submitted 1,300 amendments to the behemoth omnibus bill. Now a new opposition front, straight out of Harper’s Conservative world, is gathering strength.

Former Alberta MP . . . → Read More: CANADIAN PROGRESSIVE WORLD: Budget Bill C-38: A Conservative Insurgency Against Harper?

CANADIAN PROGRESSIVE WORLD: Obert Madondo: Today I End My Canada Crime Bill C-10 Hunger Strike

After 85 days on a hunger strike against Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s new “Safe Streets and Communities Act” (crime Bill C10), it’s with great pleasure, gratitude and emotion that I announce the end of the protest. I’ll end the protest at 11.59pm today. I made the decision to end the peaceful protest after my final . . . → Read More: CANADIAN PROGRESSIVE WORLD: Obert Madondo: Today I End My Canada Crime Bill C-10 Hunger Strike

CANADIAN PROGRESSIVE WORLD: Canada Crime Bill C-10 Hunger Strike “Final Push”: Day 2 Update

Today, Wednesday, May 30, 2012, is Day 2 of my “final push” for Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s response to my ongoing hunger strike against Canada’s new draconian crime law, the deceptively christened “Safe Streets and Communities Act”, formerly, crime Bill … Continue reading →

CANADIAN PROGRESSIVE WORLD: A Final Push For Response To My Canada Crime Bill C-10 Hunger Strike: Letter to Stephen Harper

Below is a copy of my letter to Prime Minister Stephen Harper, send today and copied to leaders of elected parties and selected MPs. May 29, 2012 The Right Hon. Stephen Joseph Harper, P.C., M.P. Prime Minister of Canada Langevin … Continue reading →

CANADIAN PROGRESSIVE WORLD: PRESS RELEASE: Canada Bill C10 Hunger Striker to Undertake “Final Push” For Response From Prime Minister and Parliament

MEDIA RELEASE OTTAWA, May 29, 2012 – This week I’ll start the “final push” for Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Parliament’s response to my ongoing indefinite hunger strike against the new Safe Streets and Communities Act (crime Bill C10). Starting … Continue reading →

CANADIAN PROGRESSIVE WORLD: Canada Crime Bill C10 Hunger Strike Update: May 22, 2012

Today I felt really sick. And this is the first time I’ve felt this sick since I started the indefinite hunger protest on March 24. For over a week now, I’ve been experiencing severe chest pains. Earlier, I walked to … Continue reading →