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Politics Canada: Harper calling Trudeau “Justin” just like a school yard bully

In a demonstration of how petty, disrespectful and full of piss and vinegar he is Stephen Harper and his Conservatives are calling Liberal leader Justin Trudeau, “Justin”. They are not using his last name at all instead just “Justin” which is meant to demean, disrespect and diminish Trudeau. They want to make Justin into an immature child in the eyes of the public, when your prime minister is resorting to such school yard elementary school level bullying tactics, what are we to think?

It would be akin to Mulcair or Trudeau referring to Harper as, “Steve”.

This tactic is (Read more…)

Politics Canada: Is there no way to stop Harper?

When I see that the Conservative Party of Canada is fighting for top spot in the polls I feel so much stress that I need to stop and do something else for a while. This party has been so effective at concealing their actions from the public and destroying their opponents they are likely to be re elected.

They are fighting for top spot despite:

Leading us into a recession Losing $3.1 billion of taxpayer money Running defecits every year Beginning the dismantling of universal health care Cancelling the long form census G-20 scandal Muzzling scientists de-funding any organization (Read more…)

Politics Canada: A free attack ad on Harper’s privatized health care plan

Here is a free attack ad on Harper’s plan to privatize health care ready to film for whoever wants to produce it


Elderly woman in a hospital gown, sitting in her bed, looking very worried. She has her hands in her lap


Shot of paper on hospital bed table, we can only read the title in blue block letters: “Health Services Invoice”


(V.O. Serious woman’s voice)

Stephen Harper has refused to negotiate a new health care funding agreement with the provinces. Instead he hid a health care funding cut of over thirty five billion (Read more…)

Politics Canada: “Fair” Elections Act makes it easier for Harper ro cheat and not get caught

Why on earth would an anti-democratic dictator like Stephen Harper bring in a law called the “Fair Elections Act”? Well don’t judge a bill by it’s title. We saw how people felt about the “Anti-terror Act”, once they got a whiff of what was inside.

David Parkins on The Safe Elections Act

What the fair election act does is it:

Weakens the power of Elections Canada Muzzles the Chief Electoral officer from communicating with the public and MPs about investigations Bars Elections Canada from encouraging people to vote Cuts off Elections Canada’s investigative arm altogether Helps Harper to (Read more…)

Politics Canada: We must fight and fight hard to defeat Harper

I want Canada back.

I want us to make decisions and set policies based on what will build a greater society for all who live here, not just a few.

I want to make decisions based on science, research and how effective a solution may be, not on ideology.

I want to build a society where all voices from all viewpoints are encouraged, not de-funded, bullied and silenced.

I want to build an economy based on innovation, not on raw material sales.

I want a criminal justice system which works to protect me and my family, not on vengeance.

I want (Read more…)

Politics Canada: A typical uninformed voter for Harper: An example

My parents recently came to visit us and somehow the topic of Prime Minister Stephen Harper came up. My parents are both elderly and have a daily routine which consists of going to the local McDonalds for coffee and a muffin. That particular McDonalds only brings in one newspaper: The Toronto Sun. They also spend time talking to other people their age. They vote based on what they know. They don’t do their own investigative research on the choices available, they simply would vote based on their morning discussions and advertising they watch. They also happen to have a politics junkie (Read more…)

Politics Canada: Is Stephen Harper the worst prime minister in Canadian history?

Politics Canada: The Liberals need a plan, an emergency plan

The Liberals needed a strategy a long time ago. That is a long-term strategy, they needed it when Mr Dion took the helm, again with Ignatief and of course with Trudeau.

The main strategy the Liberals need is a way to deal with the ferocious relentless Karl Rove Conservative attack ads. A way to deal with the extreme discipline of the Reform Conservatives. Harper’s dream is to destroy the Liberal Party of Canada, and he would like nothing more than to do it while Trudeau is at the helm. The Harper Conservatives dream is a two party system, with the (Read more…)

Cowichan Conversations: Chris Hedges Calls Steve Harper A Pawn Or Puppet Of Corporations

Richard Hughes-Political Blogger

The Vancouver Observer has been a most welcome edition to the media mix in the Vancouver market and beyond.

They prove, dig and unapologetically provide us with hard hitting journalism with the integrity and purpose.

‘PM Stephen Harper has turned Canada into an advanced surveillance and security state’-Chris Hedges

Now that Harper has rammed Bill C 51-the supposed anti terror bill, report like Jenny Uechi and the Vancouver Observer are of increased value.

Jenny Uechi is Managing Director of Observer Media Group, and Managing Editor of The Vancouver Observer.


Chris Hedges photo by Jenny Uechi


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Politics Canada: Tweet #protectmeharper to ask for Harper’s protection from other unlikely events

Stephen Harper has begun to deceive the Canadian people on entirely new levels. Spreading fear of terrorism when Canadians are more likely to be struck by lightening then be harmed in a terrorist attack.

If Harper is going to protect us from something this improbable, what else should we ask him to protect us from? Hot weather? Falling from a building, both of these are far more likely to kill you than a terrorist attack. Can we make a hashtag fly? Can you tweet what you want Harper to protect you from? #protectmeharper

Politics Canada: What Harper doesn’t protect us from

Stephen Harper has decided it is necessary to protect Canadians from terrorists. So necessary that he is handing new unchecked powers to our national police force and spy agency. Powers which come at the expense of your rights and the rights of every Canadian. It will be much easier to spy on you and to arrest you without any charges. Thank you Steve! You must love us all so much to make such big sacrifices of our civil liberties to keep us safe from the “jihadists”.

Wait a minute… There are many other things which are more (Read more…)

Politics Canada: Anti-terror laws to be used against environmental activists?

We all know what the Harper regime thinks of environmentalists and environmental movements… With environmentalists being referred to as terrorists for opposing tar sands pipelines. Environmental organizations threatened with losing their charitable status for speaking out on any issues.

Could Harper’s new terror laws be used to crack down against the terrorist environmentalists who dare oppose them?

Seriously though would anyone be the least bit surprised to find out down the road that this government was spying on environmental activists?

Politics Canada: Harper: ISIS’s biggest promoter

Terrorism is successful only when it has successfully spread terror. This is where the leadership of a society needs to carefully weigh their response to any act of violence. If the leaders of the country react strongly labelling the act ‘terrorism’ and taking reactionary steps to reduce civil liberties to fight this perceived threat then in effect the terrorists have won.

It is when leadership calls a spade a spade, i.e. this was the act of a lone unstable person who self radicalized and not part of a wider terrorist organization’s plan. When the leadership refuses to compromise democracy (Read more…)

Alberta Diary: The push-polls prove it again, Canadians hate unions … really, really, really they do! Happy Labour Day

The past is a foreign country: Labour Day in Vancouver, not so long ago. Below: The workers, united, will never be defeated! The goal of union “transparency,” “worker choice,” “right to work” and other Orwellian right-wing buzzwords is to ensure the workers are never united and always defeated. Below that: Stephen Kushner, president of the anti-union Merit Contractors Association.


NOTE TO READERS: Since the Alberta chapter of the Merit Contractors Association, a group of non-union construction companies, seems to have recycled much of its past opinion survey and press release on union “transparency,” I thought I’d recycle (Read more…)

Cowichan Conversations: Canadian PM Harper’s Government Complicit in Israeli War Crimes

Richard Hughes-Political Blogger

Canada, once the peacekeeping nation of merit and respect has been downgraded in the eyes of international observers since being led by right wing ideologue, Conservative Party leader and Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

His unbalanced view and posture is nowhere more obvious that his absolute support for the extreme right-wing Israeli’s attack on Gaza.

Canada’s reputation as a peace-loving nation and as an ‘honest-broker’ in the Middle East (part of its national mythology) has been dealt a serious blow by the ruling Conservative Party’s adamant support for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

In the midst of international condemnation (Read more…)

Cowichan Conversations: The so-called “Fair Elections Act” is so bad for democracy in so many ways it’s hard to wrap your head around it all.

All Canadians concerned with democratic elections and all political parties must cooperate in the next election. Canada’s future trumps short term political ambitions. Thomas Mulcair, Justin Trudeau and Elizabeth May must structure a cooperative model to defeat Steve Harper in the public interest. It can be done. There is too much at risk!

This was posted to Facebook by Cupe New Brunswick and is reproduced below.

The so-called “Fair Elections Act” is so bad for democracy in so many ways it’s hard to wrap your head around it all. Most people have already heard about how it will prevent some (Read more…)

Cowichan Conversations: Canada’s Political Party Leader’s Have To Much Power!

Richard ‘Hub’ Hughes- Political Blogger

The politics of the day are ringing in some major truths. One of the most serious is the centralised top down control grasped so firmly by the party leaders of each and every stripe.

In Canada and the provinces our political party leaders wield a life or death control over the very people who we elect to represent us, the candidates and later the MLA’s or MP’s.

The party leaders are elected as either MP’s or MLA’s and were not given that power by the voters. It has been seized and the party system (Read more…)

Alberta Diary: (Prime) ministerial responsibility and all that … surely the wrong man has quit!

The home of Canada’s Parliament, held in contempt by Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his Reform Party, doing business under the name of the Conservative Party of Canada. Below: former chief of staff Nigel Wright, Mr. Harper and Senator Mike Duffy.

Surely the wrong man has quit!

Nigel Wright, Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s chief of staff, resigned yesterday in the imbroglio that followed the revelation he gave disgraced Senator Mike Duffy $90,172 to pay back the Parliamentary expenses the supposed representative for Prince Edward Island in the Upper House had improperly claimed.

The purpose of the controversial payment, obviously, was (Read more…)

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 right thing concerning his much-touted READ MORE

bastard.logic: Stick a Fork in Senator Brazeau….

Innocent until proven guilty and all that, but things ain’t lookin’ good for the Brazman:

Senator Patrick Brazeau will be formally charged with domestic assault and sexual assault later this morning, following a brief appearance at the courthouse in Gatineau, Que.

Brazeau, who appeared in court wearing a black suit and white dress shirt, did not have his lawyer present for his first appearance at about 9:15 a.m. ET Friday.

Also (re: this):

If at #CTV's report is so important/relevant/factual, I'm sure they will look for me tomorrow in Parliament. I'll report back tomorrow.— SenPatrickBrazeau

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The Canadian Progressive: Of Toronto G20 protests and “abuse orchestrated by fascist states”

by Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive, Jan 15, 2013: Ontario Superior Court Justice Harriet Sachs says police behaviour during the Toronto G20 protests had “the eerie overtones of the worst sort of abuse orchestrated by fascist states.” She passed the harsh verdict while ruling on the case of Eva Marie Botten, an activist whose Charter READ MORE

Cowichan Conversations: Idle No More “Our Last Best Hope”

Kevin Logan-Cowichan Conversations Contributor

Kevin Logan contributes posts to Cowichan Conversations occasionally and they are most appreciated. In the following piece Kevin provides an in depth look at the Chief Spence Hunger Strike and the role of the Idle No More movement. If you want an in depth look see, pour yourself something and dig into this.

Idle No More “Our Last Best Hope”

Idle No More is important to every single Canadian from coast to coast, therefore it is imperative to take the time and understand what issues drive the Idle No More Movement and how they affect you.


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The Canadian Progressive: PETITION: British Crown Must Honour Canada-First Nations Treaties, Revoke Bill C-45, And Fire Harper & GG

Dear British Crown: honour Canada-First Nations treaties, revoke Bill C-45, and immediately fire Prime Minister Harper and Governor General Johnston: Please sign the PETITION: British Crown Must Honour Canada-First Nations Treaties, Revoke Bill C-45 now! Petition text: On the 28th January 2013, just 6 hours before the Canadian Parliament resumes in Ottawa, one of the READ MORE

The Canadian Progressive: Elizabeth May shares her 2002 hunger strike experience, begs Harper to meet Chief Spence

During 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”, a prominent opposition MP told me hunger protests weren’t part of the process of democratic engagement in Canada. I was shocked and disappointed. First, during our conversation on the steps leading to the READ MORE

The Canadian Progressive: Is Chief Theresa Spence your 2012 newsmaker of the year? POLL

Is hunger striker Chief Theresa Spence, who entered Day 20 of her peaceful protest today, your 2012 newsmaker of the year? Is it the Idle No More movement? The Quebec student movement? Beleaguered Toronto Mayor Rob Ford? Is it Kevin Page, Canada’s fearless gallant Parliamentary Budget Officer, who showed uncommon courage recently when he took the Harper government to court seeking accountability and READ MORE