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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.

The

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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

The Canadian Progressive: United Church of Canada implores Harper to meet with hunger striker Chief Spence

by United Church of Canada: December 19, 2012 The Right Hon. Stephen Harper Prime Minister of Canada House of Commons, Ottawa, Ontario Fax: 613-941-6900 Dear Prime Minister Harper: We write with urgency to implore you to meet with Attawapiskat First Nation Chief Theresa Spence, as soon as possible. We are very concerned for her wellbeing READ MORE

The Canadian Progressive: Theresa Spence Hunger Strike: Social Media Conversation on Day 19

It’s the end of Day 19 of Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence’s indefinite hunger strike, taking place here in Ottawa. Spence started her peaceful protest on December 11, 2012. She’s demanding a meeting involving Prime Minister Stephen Harper, a representative of the Queen and First Nations leaders. She wants to discuss treaty agreements between Canada and First Nations, and READ MORE

The Canadian Progressive: Idle No More dance and speeches on Parliament Hill (VIDEO)

This colorful video of the December 21, 2012, Idle No More protest on Parliament Hill, will always remain one of the highlights of my career as a progressive activist. The video includes speeches by supporters and helpers of hunger striker Chief Theresa Spence. The speakers also repeated Spence’s call for a meeting involving Prime Minister Stephen Harper, a representative READ MORE

The Canadian Progressive: Theresa Spence Hunger Strike: Social Media Conversation on Friday, December 28, 2012

Today, Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence’s indefinite hunger strike, taking place here in Ottawa, enters Day 18. Spence started her peaceful protest on December 11, 2012. She’s demanding a meeting involving Prime Minister Stephen Harper, a representative of the Queen and First Nations leaders. She wants to discuss treaty agreements between Canada and First Nations, and recent legislation that READ MORE

The Canadian Progressive: Why does it take a hunger strike to gain media attention for Aboriginal issues in Canada?

Dana Wensley | Troy Media: The issue is one of of fairness As First Nation groups continue their protests against Bill C-45, what comes as a surprise to me is that it took so long to happen in Canada. In the lead up to Canada Day I noted that while other post-colonial countries like Australia and READ MORE

The Canadian Progressive: Pressure mounting on PM Harper to meet hunger striker Theresa Spence

by Obert Madondo: Pressure is mounting on Prime Minister Stephen Harper to tear down his stubborn wall of silence over hunger striker Chief Theresa Spence. First Nations leaders, the opposition, unions, the media, grassroots movements and individuals are urging Harper to meet with the Attawapiskat First Nation chief as her indefinite protest reaches the mid-point of its second week. READ MORE

The Canadian Progressive: Hunger Striker Chief Theresa Spence’s Exclusive Interview With The CBC

In this exclusive interview with the CBC’s Chris Rands, hunger striker Chief Theresa Spence explains her peaceful protest. Chief Spence started her hunger strike here in Ottawa on December 11. She’s demanded an immediate meeting with Prime Minister Stephen Harper and a representative of the Crown to discuss the treaty relationship between First Nations and READ MORE

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. I conveyed these demands to the Governor READ MORE

Cowichan Conversations: Provincial-Federal Politicians Neutered In Our Present System Of Party Discipline

John Van Dongen-Independent MLA

Our Canadian Democracy has been hijacked by the political party system for far too long. Slowly but possibly surely politicians are speaking out, most often it is when they are on their way out the door.

Not all wait until retirement. Former BC Liberal Cabinet Minister John Van Dongen and former BC New Democrat Bob Simpson spoke out while still serving their terms. Van Dongen left the BC Liberal Caucus willingly while now former NDP MLA Bob Simpson was booted out of the NDP by former leader Carole James. Simpson and Van Dongen now sit as

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Canadian ProgressiveCanadian Progressive: Jason Kenney spent $750,000 spying on Canada’s ethnic minorities

Over the past three years, Conservative minister Jason Kenney’s Department of Citizenship and Immigration blew almost $750,000 in Canadian taxpayers money “monitoring ethnic media”, according to The Canadian Press. The political daily media moni… . . . → Read More: Canadian ProgressiveCanadian Progressive: Jason Kenney spent $750,000 spying on Canada’s ethnic minorities

Cowichan Conversations: Only Christian Chaplains Will Be Available To Prison Inmates

Here is another post from Cowichan Conversations contributor, Dorothy Field.

Dorothy Field

 

We used to say religious freedom was bedrock to our Canadian way, but no longer. Prime Minister Stephen Harper is cutting part-time chaplain services to federal prisoners who happen to be Muslim, Sikh, Hindu, Buddist, Wiccan, Jewish or any other belief. Only Christian chaplains will be available.

The thing is virtually everyone in our penal system gets out. Whether they re-enter society positive and hopeful or angry and vengeful makes a difference to every one of us. Wouldn’t it make sense to provide the best possible pastoral

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Paul S. Graham: Video: Niki Ashton – “Mr. Harper — if you’re not part of the solution, YOU are part of the problem.”

Churchill MP Niki Ashton gave an impassioned speech at the July 11th Winnipeg rally for a national inquiry into missing and murdered aboriginal women. In addition to posing the video, I’m providing a transcript because it neatly sums up this ongoing tragedy and the Harper government’s decisions that have served only to make matters worse.

Winnipeg, July 11, 2012: Churchill MP Niki Ashton speaking at a rally in support of provincial and national inquiries into missing and murdered aboriginal woman in Canada. Photo: Paul S. Graham

Our message is clear. There is an epidemic of missing and murdered aboriginal women

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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 Bill C10 hunger strike update: Ottawa Hydro has cut me off

I feel as though I’ve been wrenched from the light of the world and exiled to the heart of darkness. My friends, I just want to let you all know that we’ll not be able to stay as connected as … Continue reading →

Canadian Progressive World: Obert Madondo’s Indefinited Bill C-10 Hunger Strike: Day 9 Update

This journal entry covers days 8 and 9 (March 21 and 22) my indefinite hunger strike against Prime Minister Stephen Harper and the Conservatives’ draconian Safe Streets and Communities Act (Bill C-10). I started the peaceful protest at 12:01am on … Continue reading →