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The Canadian Progressive: A Liberal Protests Trudeau’s “Direct Assault” on Grassroots Democracy

by: Obert Madondo

Is Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau beginning to a act a lot like a control freak? Like Stephen Harper?

It would appear so. At least according to star Liberal candidate Zack Paikin. Paikin nuked his own candidacy for the Hamilton West—Ancaster—Dundas riding to protest Trudeau’s decision to block Christine Innes from contesting Trinity-Spadina. The downtown Toronto riding became vacant after NDP MP Olivia Chow resigned to run for the Toronto Mayorship.

In a scathing letter released Monday, Paikin spoke for those of us passionate about grassroots democracy. Those of us weary of our dysfunctional politics and elected dictatorship.

Most (Read more…)

The Canadian Progressive: Full Text Of Throne Speech, Delivered By Gov. General David Johnston

Here is the full text of the throne speech, delivered by Governor General David Johnston in Parliament on Wednesday, October 16, 2013.

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The Canadian Progressive: Sen. Pamela Wallin says Canadian Senate has a “lynch mob” mentality

by: Obert Madondo

Former Conservative Sen. Pamela Wallin. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld)

If there’s anywhere in the world an appointed public official more arrogant than Sen. Pamela Wallin, please let me know.

Wallin, an embattled former Conservative Senator, has repaid the $138,969 she fraudulently claimed from the Senate, plus $13,938.19 in interest. In case you’re tempted to think Wallin is sorry, think again. She remains unrepentant. And she’s mad as hell.

In a statement released Friday, Wallin trashed both the independent accounting firm Deloitte, which audited her expenses, and the Senate’s Internal Economy Committee, which ordered her (Read more…)

The Canadian Progressive: Conservatives ignoring housing, food security needs in Canada’s North

Stephen Harper and the Conservatives are making the cost of living unsustainable for families in Canada’s North, according to Yvonne Jones, the Liberal MP for Newfoundland and Labrador.

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The Canadian Progressive: Hungry Aboriginal kids used in nutritional experiments: AFN reacts

The Assembly of First Nations (AFN) says the revelation that Canadian officials used malnourished Aboriginal populations in nutritional experiments has “sent a shockwave through First Nations in Canada and should be no less shocking to all Canadians and beyond.”

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The Canadian Progressive: Air Canada should cancel request for Transport Canada exemption: CUPE

by: CUPE | Press Release:

Ottawa, July 12, 2013 – As more details emerge following Asiana flight 214’s tragic crash in San Francisco on Saturday July 6th, CUPE flight attendants are hoping that Air Canada learns from the flight attendant ratio on the airplane at the time of the accident.

The rapid actions taken by the flight attendants working with the passengers were crucial to the successful evacuation and survival of so many individuals on board despite horrific conditions. It has been reported that Asiana 214 had a ratio of one flight attendant per 24 passengers when it crashed (Read more…)

The Canadian Progressive: Environment Minister Peter Kent embraces his imminent demotion from Conservative cabinet

by: Obert Madondo | Twitter: @Obiemad:

Environment Minister Peter Kent. (Photo: Environment Canada)

It’s a preemptive strike of sorts.

Environment Minister Peter Kent knows he’ll be a backbencher after PM Stephen Harper’s much-anticipated cabinet reshuffle. That much the Conservative MP for Thornhill, Ontario, confirmed in a message published on Facebook on Friday.

“If, in the fullness of time and the eventual shuffle, I do find myself a backbench Parliamentarian, I will enthusiastically embrace what will be, for me, exciting new challenges,” Kent wrote.

Kent, a former broadcaster, was first elected to the House of Commons in 2008. He’s the (Read more…)

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The Canadian Progressive: Poll: 70% of Canadians think it’s time kick Stephen Harper out

by: Obert Madondo | @Obiemad:

Stephen Harper (Photo: Remy Steinegger)

An overwhelming majority of Canadians think it’s time to kick Stephen Harper out and elect a new government, according to a new CTV News Ipsos Reid poll.

70% us are fed up with Harper and the Conservatives’ dictatorship-style assault on our democratic institutions, values, science and the environment. We’re fed up with the Conservatives’ political malfeasance, epitomized by the Third World-style Senate expenses scandal. We want Harper out. We want a new regime in Ottawa.

Most importantly, we’ve resolutely decided that the Conservatives should not be re-elected in 2015.

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The Canadian Progressive: Sovereignty Summer: Idle No More Launches New Website

by: Obert Madondo | @Obiemad:

Idle No More protest on Parliament Hill, Ottawa. Dec 2012 (Photo: Obert Madondo)

The Idle No More movement just launched a new, activism-oriented, social media-friendly website!

The launch coincides with the beginning of Sovereignty Summer (#SovSummer), an education and action-based campaign focused on Indigenous Rights and in defense of Mother Earth.

This press release from #IdleNoMore and Defenders of the Land:

This Friday Idle No More launches a new website and communications platform that will engage hundreds of thousands of people via the web, social media, email, and text. Timed to coincide with the beginning of (Read more…)

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The Canadian Progressive: NDP Leader Tom Mulcair Grills PM Harper On Senate Expenses Scandal (VIDEO)

Last week, Prime Minister Stephen Harper fled to South America to avoid the unraveling Senate expenses scandal. On Monday, he skipped Question Period in the House of Commons. He did show up in the House on Tuesday and NDP Leader Tom Mulcair roasted him. Prosecutor style. Short, precise questions.

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The Canadian Progressive: Mayor Rob Ford’s Family Has History With Drug Dealing: Globe And Mail

A new Globe and Mail investigative report reveals that: Doug Ford, Toronto Mayor Rob Ford’s brother, sold hashish for several years in the 1980s. Another brother, Randy, was also involved in the drug trade and was once charged in relation to a drug-related kidnapping. Their sister, Kathy, has been the victim of drug-related gun violence. More [...]

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The Canadian Progressive: Canada Politics News: Thursday Morning Recap

Canada politics news: Thursday morning recap: Prime Minister Stephen Harper. Senate. Senate expenses scandal. Sen. Mike Duffy. Toronto Mayor Rob Ford. Conservatives. A few of the dominant news issues/topics on Wed, May 22, 2013. But this bold editorial declaration by the Toronto Star stands out: “If the Prime Minister can’t bring himself to address the Senate scandal in [...]

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The Canadian Progressive: Dr. James Hansen: Keystone XL, tar sands expansion “can be stopped”

By: Dr. James Hansen Today (May 9, 2013) 36 Norwegian organizations sent an open letter to Prime Minister Stoltenberg expressing opposition to development of Canadian tar sands by Statoil (the Norwegian state is majority shareholder of Statoil). Signatories include not only environmental organizations, but a broad public spectrum, including, appropriately, many youth organizations. It is encouraging that Norwegian [...]

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The Canadian Progressive: Beleaguered Harper-appointed Sen. Mike Duffy Quits Conservative Caucus

By: Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive: Scandal-plagued Sen. Mike Duffy quit the Conservative caucus Thursday after his fraudulent Senate expense claims threatened to engulf the Harper government. Duffy, appointed by Prime Minister Stephen Harper in 2009, now sits as an independent. “It is clear the public controversy surrounding me and the repayment of my [...]

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The Canadian Progressive: Peter Penashue: Harper’s “strong voice” rarely heard in the House

By: Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive: A new analysis by democracy advocacy group, Samara, suggests that the Conservatives’ characterization of Peter Penashue as a “strong voice” for Labrador in the House of Commons is a grotesque political exaggeration. In fact, the Conservatives insulted our collective intelligence when they warned that “if Newfoundland and Labrador want [...]

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The Canadian Progressive: FREE CBC from Harper Conservatives political interference

By: Friends of Canadian Broadcasting | Press Release: OTTAWA, May 8, 2013 – No public broadcaster in any free and democratic country anywhere in the world faces political interference with its editorial independence as proposed for the CBC in Bill C-60. A down payment of more than 120,000 signatures on petitions [...]

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The Canadian Progressive: Labrador Byelection: May says Harper violated Conflict Of Interest Act

By: Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive: Green Party Leader Elizabeth May suggests that PM Stephen Harper’s handling of the Panashue affair violated the Conflict of Interest Act. The Saanich-Gulf Islands MP wrote to federal Ethics Commissioner Mary Dawson on May 3 and asked her to “undertake an examination, and issue a public ruling, with regard [...]

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The Canadian Progressive: Ontario must defy unreasonable WTO ruling against Green Energy Act

By: Council of Canadians | Press Release: TORONTO, May 6, 2013 – The Council of Canadians is extremely disappointed by reports that the World Trade Organization (WTO) has upheld a previous ruling that local content quotas in Ontario’s Green Energy Act violate global trade rules. The grassroots social justice organization is encouraging the [...]

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The Canadian Progressive: CBC/Radio-Canada reacts to Harper’s dictatorship-style Bill C-60

By: Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive: Bill C-60, introduced in the House of Commons last week as part of the Conservatives’ new omnibus Budget implementation bill, is an insidious piece of legislation. And the CBC/Radio-Canada wants to talk to Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s ministers because it’s important that the bill’s “unintended consequences are understood and addressed.” “We will be writing to [...]

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The Canadian Progressive: Conservatives attack on unions a threat to shared prosperity in Canada, says Broadbent Institute

By: Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive: The right-wing’s regressive anti-union rhetoric and U.S.-styled attacks on the labour movement threatens Canada’s prosperity, says a report recently released by the progressive Canadian think tank Broadbent Institute. The report expresses grave concern about the Conservative government’s current political agenda and “highly-organized right-wing campaign to import American-style [...]

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The Canadian Progressive: NDP resolutions on “Building a clean and sustainable Canada”

By: Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive: Canada’s Official Opposition, the New Democrats, passed all of the following resolutions during the second day of the party’s recent biennial Convention in Montreal: 2-01-13 Resolution…

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The Canadian Progressive: DISGUSTING: Casting Call For CBC Job Says Whites Need Not Apply

By: Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive: An independent casting company is looking to recruit a CBC Kids Host of “any race except Caucasian”. The company, Larissa Mair Casting & Associates, has since…

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The Canadian Progressive: Temporary Foreign Worker Program: Jason Kenney’s 15% Rule Selective Amnesia

By: Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive: In the House of Commons Monday, Jason Kenney denied that the Harper Conservatives implemented the 15% wage rule, the cornerstone of the scandal-ridden federal Temporary Foreign Work…

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The Canadian Progressive: Harper’s Defence Minister Peter MacKay Dreams Of An “NDP Government” (VIDEO)

By: Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive: During Question Period in the House of Commons last week, NDP House Leader Nathan Cullen questioned Defence Minister Peter MacKay’s voting record on defence spending when the Conservatives…

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The Canadian Progressive: Extraordinary Political Interference: Vic Toews Nixes Omar Khadr Interview

[View the story "Canada Police State Confirmed: Vic Toews Nixes Omar Khadr Interview " on Storify] We recommend:Nazanin Afshin-Jam MacKay Said Canada Should Bring Omar Khadr HomeHarper’s Canada “Making Up Terror Identities”Statistics Canada: Crime rate reached its lowest level in 40 years in 2011Confirmed again: “Canada may use information obtained [...]

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