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CANADIAN PROGRESSIVE WORLD: Canadians Mourn The Untimely “Death of Evidence”

“The Harper government is the most environmentally hostile one we have ever had in Canada.” – Maude Barlow, Chair of the Council of Canadians About 1,500 scientists, lawyers, students and activists from across Canada gathered on Parliament Hill yesterday and held a mock funeral to mourn the death of Canadian evidence. The rallying cry for this groundbreaking show of democratic outrage against Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his backward-looking Conservative government: “No science, no evidence, no truth, no democracy.” The media has already extensively covered the event. And so, I’ll try and do something a little different: . . . → Read More: CANADIAN PROGRESSIVE WORLD: Canadians Mourn The Untimely “Death of Evidence”

The Scott Ross: Stephen Harper Isn’t Socialist But Don’t Tell Him That

It would be ludicrous to suggest Stephen Harper is a socialist, because he’s not, he is however similar to one.

Creating the biggest government in Canadian history, running the largest deficit, using government programs to dictate where people live and work, increasing spending while reducing taxes, government intervention in labour disputes, and centralizing power in one man, may all seem like the actions of a socialist, and they are, but they are also the actions of Stephen Harper.

Unlike many of our southern neighbours, the association made between the leader of the so-called Conservative Party of Canada and

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CANADIAN PROGRESSIVE WORLD: Immigration Bill C31: Auschwitz Survivor Wiesel Confronts Harper

“I feel morally compelled to remain on the side of other uprooted men and women everywhere. Today, as yesterday, a nation is judged by its attitude towards refugees.”

The sobering words of Jewish-American political activist, Nobel laureate, writer, professor, Elie Wiesel. The Holocaust survivor’s response to the Harper Conservative governments’ draconian changes to Canada’s refugee system, to be implemented through Bill C-31, ”Protecting Canada’s Immigration System Act.”

The Romania-born Wiesel has joined with the Toronto Board of Rabbis to express concern about the bill, which amends Canada’s Immigration and Refugee Protection Act and the Balanced Refugee Reform Act. The . . . → Read More: CANADIAN PROGRESSIVE WORLD: Immigration Bill C31: Auschwitz Survivor Wiesel Confronts Harper

CANADIAN PROGRESSIVE WORLD: The Obert Report: Harper and Obama Argue About The War of 1812 (VIDEO)

Co-hosts Obert and Anita dramatize a recent secret conversation between Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and US President Barack Obama. Harper and his Conservative majority government are militarizing Canadian society. They’re re-writing the country’s history to fit their fledgling right-wing worldview. Canada‘s Independence Day is around the corner and Harper has placed the War of 1812 at the centre of all official celebrations. In that war, British loyalist forces and their First Nations allies repulsed numerous American attempts to invade and annex Canada. Harper’s ingenious plan is to trick Obama into publicly confirming America’s defeat on Sun News Network, Canada’s

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The Scott Ross: Canada’s #1 Social Problem: There Aren’t Any More Social Problems

What’s worse than being a fat, polluting, racist, ignorant jerk? That’s easy, not knowing you are one.

And what’s worse than even that? Being in a society full of people just like you, where no one is aware of immoral conduct, of greed, of sexism, and of the ignorance that protects it all.

Though great things and great people reside in Canada, in our northern nation a similar situation exists; there are no more social problems. Of course the absence of social inequalities is nothing to mourn, but the perception that there are none while many still exist certainly is.

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The Skinny: Progressive Bloggers: abortion-’bortion, what’s that contortion?

I do enjoy reading the differerent blog posts on the Progessive Bloggers aggregate.  There are a diversity of opinions expressed by bloggers who post under the progressive label.  Bloggers include Liberals, NDPers, non-aligned social democrats, perhaps a socio-path or two, former Progressive Conservatives, current Greens, and the occasional Marxist-Leninist.  I do not expect everyone to agree on everything.  If we did, then the Progressive Bloggers site would be truly boring.

The people who post on PB hold a range of opinions on issues such as abortion rights, the Alberta Tar/Oil Sands, the environment, unite-the-progressives, proportional representation, (Read more…)

atypicalalbertan: 180 degrees.

180 degrees. About face.

Alison Redford may have been called a flip flopper before, but this time it was a complete polar turn around. To be fair, I see nothing wrong with flip flopping. We all make mistakes and we all make decisions without necessarily considering the complete information. Reversing a decision simply means that a person has given an issue further consideration and deemed that a different decision would be more appropriate. Policy development should be about getting things right and it shouldn’t matter if someone thought wrong before and has since changed their mind – as long as (Read more…)

wRanter.com: Even with a new leader, the NDP can’t defeat the Tories alone

I just can’t get excited about the NDP leadership race, which ends March 24 in Toronto, because irrespective of who wins, it’s hard to see it leading to a positive outcome for progressive politics in this country. Will Thomas Mulcair, the party outsider who reportedly flirted with the Tories prior to joining the NDP, win? Or [...]

The Scott Ross: Conservatives Unite, Liberals & NDP Divide

It is widely known that over the last few years a certain political group has been arrogant, close-minded, and divisive, what may come as a surprise is that group is made up of the Liberals and the NDP.

Both Liberals and New Democrats have criticized Conservatives for years, alleging they are arrogant, intolerant, and divisive, but lest those two parties forget, the Conservative Party has done what those two won’t, and that’s be open to compromise and political union.

The Conservative Party is itself the union of two distinct political organizations that put aside their differences, to contemplate, to be

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The Scott Ross: The Undemocratic Conservative Coalition

There is only one federal party in Canada that calls for the creation of a coalition. Of the four major political organizations, there is only one that has in its constitution as one of its founding principles the responsibility to develop such a union. It isn’t the Green Party, it isn’t the Liberals, it’s not even the NDP. The party that believes in coalitions so much is the same party that opposed them as undemocratic in 2009; the Conservative Party of Canada.

Of course it makes sense that the Conservatives, themselves the result of a merger between the Canadian Alliance

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Thus Prate the Pundit » Social Critique: Should the NDP Renew Itself with a Shoot of Green?

Before our last federal election in 2010, I’d proposed a rationale for the NDP and Green Party to merge (from an NDP perspective). With the NDP leadership convention operating at full speed, now is a great time to reconsider this idea. In fact, one of the NDP’s recurring debate themes involves whether or not the party should undertake some challenges that cut to the heart of its identity. It might seem strange that the NDP consider this now, when it elected more MPs than it ever has in the last election. In the follow … Continue Reading →

The Scott Ross: Time Will Merge What Liberals & NDPers Can’t

Up upon an isolated mountain top, in a dark and long forgotten manor, underneath thunderous clouds, a large titanic body of gears and motors emblazoned in red stands motionless. The large lifeless liberal leviathan, composed of parts gathered from across the land and across time is all but complete except for a spark, that force of life that is not of the physical world but of the ideal one. 

The physical body, the shell that is this hulking machine would have its motors whir, its cylinders fire, and its eyes open, if just the bright orange lightening was to

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Excited Delirium: If Davos Isn’t About Capitalism, What’s Stephen Harper All About?

Stephen Harper vs raging grannies. This is what Conservatives and capitalism are all about? Bullies and braggarts?

Montreal Simon Has A Message…

AllTheShowin’UpThatFits ParticipatoryDemocracyVille …For Progressives. Which, based on the role that protest and pushback has played in recent events (eg. the flipping of Rob Ford’s budget cuts in Toronto; the delaying of the Keystone pipeline; the weakening of attempts to clampdown, bigtime, on internet freedom), is the following: …(W)hen progressives get off their asses, take to the streets, stage loud and noisy protests, and use the internet in clever and creative ways to bludgeon their opponents, we can leave the right-wingers looking like palookas, and wondering what hit them… _____ Has anyone else noticed how Simon is fast becoming a Gilliard to call our own? . . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon Has A Message…

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: All I want for Christmas is a paradigm shift #nlpoli

Here’s the difference between a province that is successfully tackling the challenge of labour shortages compared to one that is hopelessly adrift.

Saskatchewan is open to people from anywhere.

In Newfoundland and Labrador, meanwhile, the emphasis in every discussion seems to be on keeping local people in or figuring out – as with apprentices – in how to lure them back. 

Check that article from the Telegram – first in a series – and notice how face they turn to talking about a labour shortage. That’s really code for “there won’t be enough of ‘us’ to get the work.

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Progressive Proselytizing: Emphasizing neutrality with respect to the progressive/regressive spectrum

Deficit neutral bills are a stalwart tool of the savvy politician. They allow for the sidestepping of the often raucous and partisan debates about the size of government and the size of deficits. With deficit neutral bills, there is a sense to which the policy can be considered on its own merits and not as part of a never ending battle on these larger issues. For the most part, I think this is a good thing that allows for more effective implementation of good policy. It was imperative, for instance, that the introduction of the Harmonized Sales Tax (HST) in . . . → Read More: Progressive Proselytizing: Emphasizing neutrality with respect to the progressive/regressive spectrum

Excited Delirium: Koch Konnections (aka “If They Can Do It, We Can Too!”)

If the Koch Brothers can do it, we can (and should) too! . . . → Read More: Excited Delirium: Koch Konnections (aka “If They Can Do It, We Can Too!”)

Death By Trolley: Atheists are Differently Religious – and No, Atheism is not the/a Religion

A main focus of this blog is to consider and compare different political and ethical philosophies so as to promote better understanding of one’s own worldview and those of others. I frequently focus on progressivism/liberalism and libertarian conservativism, arguing that these incompletely overlapping moral/political philosophies each have their own internal logic and validity, but that [...] . . . → Read More: Death By Trolley: Atheists are Differently Religious – and No, Atheism is not the/a Religion

Death By Trolley: The Obama Cult Apparently Still Has Some Members…

Over the past few weeks I have posted several articles critical of Barack Obama and his clear-cut progressive fakery. For a brief run-through of some of the things that Obama has done to earn the title of fauxprogressive, click here. I even went so far as to enter the first definition for fauxgressive on the [...] . . . → Read More: Death By Trolley: The Obama Cult Apparently Still Has Some Members…

Exponential Book: Tough acts to follow

This week has marked the untimely departure of two charismatic leaders from the helm of two very different organizations. Canada’s New Democratic Party Jack Layton succumbed to cancer, shortly after leading its party last May to the best electora… . . . → Read More: Exponential Book: Tough acts to follow

Death By Trolley: How much do you notice the politics of your fellow city dwellers?

How much does the political leanings of your fellow city dwellers leak into your day-to-day living experience? . . . → Read More: Death By Trolley: How much do you notice the politics of your fellow city dwellers?

Death By Trolley: Help make “fauxgressive” a recognized word – and Obama its poster child

Last week I coined the term “fauxgressive” in reference to fake progressives. People like Barack Obama, who embrace a progressive image when it suits them, only to repeatedly jab their thumb into the eyes of progressives, ignore them and continually walk the corporatist walk. I assumed when I coined this term that I was unlikely [...] . . . → Read More: Death By Trolley: Help make “fauxgressive” a recognized word – and Obama its poster child

Death By Trolley: Talking to political adversaries: Tips on reaching across the aisle

Tips on talking to political adversaries. Moving past politics, partisanship and labels, recognizing corporatism masquerading as progressivism or conservatism, and going straight to the issues. . . . → Read More: Death By Trolley: Talking to political adversaries: Tips on reaching across the aisle

Canadian Progressive World: Canada’s Unenviable Royal RaceTo The Past

Where are Canadian progressives when you need them? Where were Canada’s anti-mornachists, pacifists and nationalists when Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his Conservative government were planning to return Canada to its Royal yesterday? Defence… . . . → Read More: Canadian Progressive World: Canada’s Unenviable Royal RaceTo The Past

Trashy's World: New link

More and more I find myself wandering over to Pushed to the Left and Loving It… so I thought I’d add a link to the site in my sidebar. Worth a read if you’re a like-minded progressive thinker. Share and Enjoy: Trash… . . . → Read More: Trashy’s World: New link