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Cowichan Conversations: Manitoba PC’s Thump the NDP – Whither Today’s NDP!

By Éric Grenier, for CBC News The Manitoba Progressive Conservatives under Brian Pallister won a majority government in a historic fashion Tuesday night, putting up some of the biggest numbers by any party in Read more… . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: Manitoba PC’s Thump the NDP – Whither Today’s NDP!

Cowichan Conversations: Rafe–When The Honeymoon Ends With PM Trudeau

Rafe offers his insights looking towards the future with Justin Trudeau as our Prime Minister. Without exception, honeymoons – the real ones and the political ones – end. I don’t for a moment believe Read more… . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: Rafe–When The Honeymoon Ends With PM Trudeau

Cowichan Conversations: Canada’s Biggest Political Scandal You Never Heard Of–Big oil, taxpayers’ millions, call girls and a ‘mechanic’ named Bruce Carson.

Richard Hughes Independent Strategic Voter

As the election countdown continues you can dismiss any thoughts of a lacklustre non eventful race to the wire.

The TPP card has been played, the Niqab Harper camp

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Cowichan Conversations: Heave Steve Cowichan Style

The Council of Canadians (Cowichan) determined to see a return to our Canada sans Steve Harper gathered in 34 degree heat to send a clear message. Heave Steve!

The reception and honking from passers-by

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Cowichan Conversations: NDP Leading–Alberta’s Vote May Be the Most Important Provincial Election in Decades

OK, here we are with the Alberta NDP poised to form the next Alberta provincial government. Yes, as Tommy Douglas used to say ‘Politics is the Art of the Possible’ but, but Alberta going NDP!

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Cowichan Conversations: Canadian stranded in Nepal says Ottawa not doing enough to help citizens go home

It seems that ever since the mean spirited Steve Harper has been our Prime Minister Canadians who run into difficulty abroad are poorly served.

Canada’s pride and generosity had been well deserved and Canadians were

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

Cowichan Conversations: Senator Mike Duffy Trial Kicks Off- PM Harper Vulnerable to Disclosure

Suspended Senator Mike Duffy pleaded not guilty to 30 charges of fraud and breach of trust, and one count of bribery as his Senate expenses trial got underway in an Ottawa courtroom Tuesday.

Mike Duffy pleads not guilty as Senate expenses trial gets underway

CBC – 6 hours ago

“I am not guilty, your . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: Senator Mike Duffy Trial Kicks Off- PM Harper Vulnerable to Disclosure

Cowichan Conversations: How Harper Turned Canada into a Rogue State

Richard Hughes-Political Blogger

How Harper Turned Canada into a Rogue State

It was not easy for those who went before us to build Canada into the remarkable and much respected country that it has been until now, until the reckless and unbalanced power hungry Prime Minister Steve Harper has grabbed Canada by the . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: How Harper Turned Canada into a Rogue State

Cowichan Conversations: Police State Canada–Will This Be Our Future Under PM Harper?

Richard Hughes-Political Blogger

It’s a rainy West Coast Saturday morning, mild and quite beautiful but the direction that PM Harper is taking is chilling, surreal, shocking.

Clearly our Prime Minister is launching a police state to spy on Canadians, arrest, detain, and imprison those who dare to publicly criticize this lurch to the . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: Police State Canada–Will This Be Our Future Under PM Harper?

Cowichan Conversations: Trudeau–Canadian Liberty and the Politics of Fear

Richard Hughes-Political Blogger

This is a significant speech the likes of which we have not heard in this country for some time. It runs for 43 minutes and for some that is too long. However it is here in its entirety and can be viewed in stages if need be.

While NDP leader . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: Trudeau–Canadian Liberty and the Politics of Fear

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. . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: Obama Vetoes Bill Pushing Pipeline Approval

Cowichan Conversations: Mulcair is Showing His Mettle In Opposing Bill C 51- Four Former Prime Ministers Join In the Fight

Richard Hughes-Political Blogger

It has taken some time for Canadians and the Opposition Leader Thomas Mulcair to really get a grip on the severity of the so called anti terror bill C 51. There is no doubting the skilful demagoguery of PM Steve Harper and he played his threaten and rescue card like . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: Mulcair is Showing His Mettle In Opposing Bill C 51- Four Former Prime Ministers Join In the Fight

Cowichan Conversations: Rafe Mair-How Quickly Politics of Fear Could Transform Canada

Richard Hughes-Political Blogger

We are indeed at a crossroads in Canada as we face a clever and devious PM Steve Harper who has spooked both Liberal leader Justin Trudeau and NDP leader and opposition leader Thomas Mulcair. Bill C 51 is a bone chilling attack on our rights and freedoms. It extends far . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: Rafe Mair-How Quickly Politics of Fear Could Transform Canada

Cowichan Conversations: Weak-kneed opposition lets Conservative terror bill sail through: Walkom

Justin Trudeau Chokes on Anti Terror Bill C 51

 

By: Thomas Walkom National Affairs, Published on Tue Feb 03 2015

When Prime Minister Stephen Harper unveiled his new anti-terror bill last week, Canada’s two main opposition parties were loath to criticize it.

Both New Democratic Party Leader Tom Mulcair and Liberal chieftain . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: Weak-kneed opposition lets Conservative terror bill sail through: Walkom

Cowichan Conversations: Edward Snowden Warns Canadians About Harper’s Extreme Anti Terror Laws

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 . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: Prime Minister Harper’s Ugly Evangelical Capitalism

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

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 . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: Kinder Morgan Slaps Burnaby Residents With A Multi-Million-Dollar Lawsuit

Cowichan Conversations: At Convergence 2014: Protecting Our Sacred Waters march, Grand Chief says Harper may delay pipeline decision

The clock is ticking as British Columbians countdown the time for a decision from of PM Steve Harper, but wait there is more, or perhaps less.

Photo by Valentina Ruiz LeotaudSpeaking in front of a large crowd gathered for the Convergence 2014: Protecting Our Sacred Waters rally on Sunday afternoon, Grand Chief Stewart Philip said . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: At Convergence 2014: Protecting Our Sacred Waters march, Grand Chief says Harper may delay pipeline decision

Cowichan Conversations: Charge Protestors With Terrorism And Throw Them in Prison!

Richard Hughes-Political Blogger

This compelling video landed in my inbox this morning courtesy of a Cowichan Bay activist.

It claims that a Canadian corporation Trans Canada Pipeline, the force behind Keystone XL pipeline is training FBI and local law enforcement agencies on how to charge legal protestors with terrorism.

They say that . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: Charge Protestors With Terrorism And Throw Them in Prison!

Cowichan Conversations: BC Ombudsperson slams province on environmental protection

Premier Clark’s chickens coming home to roost!

The chickens are coming home to roost as Premier Christy Clark winds down the first year of her 4 year mandate to govern, protect and enhance life in BC.

Have you noticed her low profile of late? If there are not any good news announcements to . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: BC Ombudsperson slams province on environmental protection

Cowichan Conversations: Steve’s Obedient Review Panel Approves Northern Gateway Pipeline with 209 Conditions

Richard Hughes-Political Blogger

Finally the approval, carefully timed for release in a soft news cycle has been released.

The Cowichan Conversations Research Department (CCRD) has confirmed that 19 people in British Columbia were surprised.

The balance get it that this has been a hoax, a rigged process from the get-go.

Now the fight . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: Steve’s Obedient Review Panel Approves Northern Gateway Pipeline with 209 Conditions

Cowichan Conversations: With LNG, Asian takeovers of Canadian energy assets still booming

Kevin Logan-Cowichan Conversations Contributor

Here is another substantial post from the keyboard of Kevin Logan, a seemingly indefatigable researcher, writer and analyst. This piece was originally published in the Common Sense Canadian and is being reproduced here with permission of the writer.

Asian investment explodes in BC’s LNG market, rivalling the scale . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: With LNG, Asian takeovers of Canadian energy assets still booming

Cowichan Conversations: Supreme Court Rules Last Federal Election Was Fraudulent

Dorothy Field-Cowichan Conversations Contributor

The Canadian Federal Court has confirmed that the country’s 2011 federal election, which led to the victory of Stephen Harper’s government, was fraudulent.

This is appalling. Doesn’t the erosion of our democracy matter anymore?

Why isn’t this in the news instead of the awful Senate and Rob Ford?

Well, . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: Supreme Court Rules Last Federal Election Was Fraudulent