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Pample the Moose: Canadian Museum for Human Rights, the Political and the Partisan

The story about the Canadian Museum for Human Rights’ decision to pull Professor Strong-Boag’s blog post about International Women’s Day has continued to evolve since my post on the weekend.  The Winnipeg Free Press has published additional correspondance between the Museum and Strong-Boag.  On their side, the museum indicated that they did not want blog posts that are “used as, or be perceived as, a platform for political positions or partisan statements”.  Strong-Boag replies that she considers this approach to be both “naive and pedagogically unsound for a museum supposedly dedicated to (the promotion of) Human (Read more…)

The Scott Ross: Why Canada Needs An Elected Senate Just Like America’s

“Washington is broken.” – Barack Obama

Looking at the Canadian Senate in isolation might motivate many to question it, but compared to the American Senate, Canadians should be proud of their upper chamber.

Besides the fact that googling “Ottawa is broken” brings zero related results, the American Senate is so dysfunctional quite a few of its members, like former Senators Olivia Snowe and Evan Bayh, have actually quit, citing that the American institution is just too broken.

From the McCarthy hearings in the 1950s to bringing the world’s largest economy to the brink of collapse in the fiscal crisis

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The Scott Ross: And Today Conservatives Respect Police Chiefs

Conservatives only respect police when police agree with Conservatives. In 2010 Conservative MP Candice Bergen, then Candice Hoeppner, dismissed the opinion of the Canadian Association of Police Chiefs (CAPC) when they supported maintaining the long gu… . . . → Read More: The Scott Ross: And Today Conservatives Respect Police Chiefs

The Scott Ross: Racial Divide Ruining America

America is a politically divided country, racial groups have picked sides and aren’t making things any better.

On January 1st the country is set to suffer a 5% cut to its economic output mostly as a result of the fiscal cliff that has loomed ever since Democrats and Republicans failed to agree on a plan to reduce the ever-growing deficit.

The partisanship that has plagued Washington and created this crisis is related to the partisanship that plagues America which itself has motivated different races to become politically aligned, perhaps only dangerously so.

This election the Democratic candidate President Barack Obama

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The Scott Ross: We Need Uninformed Voters As Much As We Need Informed Ones

Just as you need a brain and a heart, a country needs voters who know the issues and voters that don’t.

As the election for the American President looms, after months, if not years of campaigning, countless ads, two debates so far (not counting the twenty or so for Mitt Romney), and four years of getting to know Barack Obama, many are right to wonder how there can still be undecided voters.

If that group isn’t broadly criticized, the not so mutually exclusive segment of uninformed voters is. Informed citizens may frown upon these other members of their electorate, but

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An individual with opinions.: It’s conclusive, the Manning Centre for Building Democracy is definitively leaning towards the Conservatives.

The [Manning] centre would not be another political party, but help build an “infrastructure” for existing Conservative parties federally and provincially, Mr. Manning said. (source)

As other progressive bloggers have pointed out, the Manning Centre for Building Democracy is obviously partisan – slanted towards the Conservatives. You really just had to look at their board of directors, 1. Preston Manning – Reform party founder and leader for many years. Long time associates with Harper for obvious reasons.2. Cliff Fryers – currently the far-right party Wildrose party chairman. He was also party and campaign chairman for the Reform (Read more…)

Jacked Up: Wow, as I was writting about the Conservative war on free press…

So as I wrote about the Conservative attack on journalism in Canada, I noticed this disturbing article.

“At a session held in early February by the Ontario Progressive Campus Conservative Association (OPCCA) and the Manning Centre for Building Democracy, campus Conservatives, party campaigners, and a Member of Parliament discussed strategies to gain funding from student unions for the Conservative Party and ways to run for—and win—positions within student unions.”

Particularly disturbing is that MP Peter Braid from Kitchener-Waterloo was in attendance, and his campaign manager was giving advice to students on how to manipulate student union funds, and use

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