Categories

A sample text widget

Etiam pulvinar consectetur dolor sed malesuada. Ut convallis euismod dolor nec pretium. Nunc ut tristique massa.

Nam sodales mi vitae dolor ullamcorper et vulputate enim accumsan. Morbi orci magna, tincidunt vitae molestie nec, molestie at mi. Nulla nulla lorem, suscipit in posuere in, interdum non magna.

Left Over: The Emperor Prorogues, Then comes to BC with his Rogues….

Harper cabinet readies major B.C. pipelines push B.C. First Nations leaders to meet with key federal officials Sept. 23 in Vancouver By Chris Hall, national affairs editor, CBC News Posted: Sep 12, 2013 6:03 PM PT Last Updated: Sep 13, 2013 7:21 AM PT

 

We are ready for whatever BS ol’ Emperor Steve and . . . → Read More: Left Over: The Emperor Prorogues, Then comes to BC with his Rogues….

The Canadian Progressive: Stephen Harper Proroguing Parliament “To Avoid Accountability”

The opposition says PM Stephen Harper is proroguing Parliament to kill a tumultuous session that saw his Conservative government rocked by the Senate expense scandal.

The post Stephen Harper Proroguing Parliament “To Avoid Accountability” appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

Toronto Lawyer | Omar Ha-Redeye, J.D. » Politics: Why I Joined the Wynne Camp

Eric Hoskins | Gerard Kennedy Sandra Pupatello | Charles Sousa | Harinder Takhar | | Kathleen Wynne

It took them some time. In fact quite a bit of time. But eventually members of the Wynne camp addressed my concerns about the “ethnic” voting strategy. An apology was issued to those who received the messages, . . . → Read More: Toronto Lawyer | Omar Ha-Redeye, J.D. » Politics: Why I Joined the Wynne Camp

Canadian ProgressiveCanadian Progressive: Dalton McGuinty’s resignation speech

Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty has announced his resignation! McGuinty, who has led the Ontario Liberals since 1996 and been premier since 2003, stunned his caucus Monday evening with the announcement and call for a “renewal” of leadership. The following is the text of McGuinty’s resignation speech: Sixteen years ago, when I was elected leader of . . . → Read More: Canadian ProgressiveCanadian Progressive: Dalton McGuinty’s resignation speech

A BCer in Toronto: Michaëlle Jean and memories of prorogations past

An interesting story came out this week offering some insight into former Governor General Michaëlle Jean’s decision to grant Stephen Harper’s Conservative government a prorogation of Parliament in 2008 when he was facing defeat at the hands of the Liberal/NDP coalition.

Constitutional scholar Peter Russell told OntarioNewsWatch.com this week that weighing on . . . → Read More: A BCer in Toronto: Michaëlle Jean and memories of prorogations past

Canada creeps toward becoming a closed society

Nick Fillmore asks a question the regina mom has been grappling with for years: “Is Stephen Harper displaying fascist-like tendencies?” Ever since Naomi Wolf published “Ten Steps To Close Down an Open Society” at the Huffington Post in April, 2007, an essay has been brewing on trm‘s computer. (Yes, trm admits to being a slow . . . → Read More: Canada creeps toward becoming a closed society

Pop The Stack: Democracy for Sale

Democracy week may have come and gone with very little notice in Canada but this turns out to be Election Week. In Alberta, the PC party selected a new leader and thus a new premier; a woman for the first time ever in Alberta . In Manitoba, the NDP returned for the fourth consecutive time . . . → Read More: Pop The Stack: Democracy for Sale

Pop The Stack: Democracy for Sale

Democracy week may have come and gone with very little notice in Canada but this turns out to be Election Week. In Alberta, the PC party selected a new leader and thus a new premier; a woman for the first time ever in Alberta . In Manitoba, the NDP returned for the fourth consecutive time . . . → Read More: Pop The Stack: Democracy for Sale

Pop The Stack: This is the worst attack on our democracy since…

The recent refusal of International Development minister to resign after lying to a parliamentary committee seems an afront to the principles of democracy. I find myself searching for another event so outrageous, and I find I don’t have to look back far. So, for posterity, and to be continually is the your list of democratic […] . . . → Read More: Pop The Stack: This is the worst attack on our democracy since…

Pop The Stack: Spectorvision is Skewed on UK Election Lessons for Canada

I’m not sure what Norman Spector of the Globe and Mail is trying to get at with his recent article about the coalition situation in the UK. He points out that the coalition seems quite stable for now given their agreement on a fixed term election: So Britons have been spared the leaks and jockeying […] . . . → Read More: Pop The Stack: Spectorvision is Skewed on UK Election Lessons for Canada

Pop The Stack: Time to Come Together Around Democratic Reform

Today I’m going to tell you my vision for creating a national discussion about Democratic Reform. If you’re a regular reader of PopTheStack you know that one of the things I’m really passionate about is fixing our democracy in Canada. There are lots of things wrong with the way that voices of Canadians are heard, […] . . . → Read More: Pop The Stack: Time to Come Together Around Democratic Reform

More Notes From Underground: Prorogued for This?

Everyone else has said it, but the government’s Olympic holiday was shown to be a total sham (like everyone knew it was) with today’s throne speech. We need to change the anthem? Ooooooh, that took three months to figure out. In three months we could have let someone rewrite the whole thing, make it more . . . → Read More: More Notes From Underground: Prorogued for This?

Pop The Stack: A Great Democracy Deserves a Great Protest

In response to this article about the latest degradation of American democracy. One senator is essentially holding up all nominations for government posts in order to get special funds, called earmakrs, for his state. I agree that if the Democrats capitulate and negotiate again like they did with Lieberman they have essentially ceded their majority […] . . . → Read More: Pop The Stack: A Great Democracy Deserves a Great Protest

Pop The Stack: Harper plays games while democracy crumbles

My comment on the Globe and Mails recent story: Tories seek parliamentary extension This is a non story, by casting it as some kind of tricky dilemma for the Liberals and NDP the Globe is accepting the Conservative game. You can almost hear the writer salivating at the dramatic irony of the opposition voting against […] . . . → Read More: Pop The Stack: Harper plays games while democracy crumbles

bastard.logic: Prorogation, Disengagement and Cutting the Democratic Deficit in Canada

by matttbastard With thousands of Canadians reportedly hitting the streets this past weekend to express their disapproval of Stephen Harper’s latest arrogant bird-flip to Parliamentary democracy, it seems apparrent that our political elites are out of touch with the people … Continue reading . . . → Read More: bastard.logic: Prorogation, Disengagement and Cutting the Democratic Deficit in Canada

Pop The Stack: Canada 2.0

Today’s protests around Canada against the Conservative’s reckless abuse of power were a great success, look here, even the Globe and Mail is impressed. So, how did a little ‘internet protest’ turn into over 25,000 feet on the ground in over 60 locations across the country today? Two reasons. First, Canadians are awesome! Second, Facebook […] . . . → Read More: Pop The Stack: Canada 2.0

Pop The Stack: Today, we stand for democracy.

Throughout our land today, we raise our voices for democracy. We march in peaceful protest to send a message to you who claim to lead us, be you blue, red or orange. The message: This shall not stand. We raise our voices today to remind you that you serve at our leisure, not your own, […] . . . → Read More: Pop The Stack: Today, we stand for democracy.

Pop The Stack: In Defense of Reasonableness

What make’s us Canadian? Its an oft asked question. Its unavoidable that whatever it is will be cast in some way relative to our neighbours to the south. But there is a core quality that Canadians have, that permeates our history and explains why we chose to structure our society and our democracy differently than […] . . . → Read More: Pop The Stack: In Defense of Reasonableness

Pop The Stack: Michael Ignatieff Talks at UBC – but will he Say anything?

UBC is being visited today by the Liberal party road tour, Michael Ignatieff will be talking about his and our dreams for Canada’s 150th birthday in 2017. I’m planning on going, hopeful there is room for questions from the audience. If so I’m going to ask him this: Will your party commit to working with […] . . . → Read More: Pop The Stack: Michael Ignatieff Talks at UBC – but will he Say anything?

Pop The Stack: Liberals stand out like a raisin in a raisin muffin.

Its clear that the with the prorogation of parliament the Conservative party has wasted most of its ‘benefit of the doubt’ support that was keeping it ahead of the Liberals. A new poll shows the two parties are neck in neck in national support. Just as clearly, this statistical tie has not come about because […] . . . → Read More: Pop The Stack: Liberals stand out like a raisin in a raisin muffin.

Pop The Stack: Canada Needs to Become a Real Democracy

Full repost of letters from Fair Vote Canada to Stephen Harper and Opposition leaders about the importance of democratic reform now, more than ever. FVC sends open letters to Harper and opposition leaders: it’s time to fix the problem Jan 12, 2010 Fair Vote Canada sent and issued open letters to the Prime Minister and […] . . . → Read More: Pop The Stack: Canada Needs to Become a Real Democracy

Pop The Stack: Really? That’s the Conservative Response?

The Liberals have released some video ads attacking the Conservative government over its prorogation of parliament. What is more interesting though is the Conservatives response to the ads. I just thought there were a few very odd points about these comments, so don’t mistake me for a liberal hack, I think they are sorely lacking […] . . . → Read More: Pop The Stack: Really? That’s the Conservative Response?

Pop The Stack: Andrew Coyne’s Modest Proposal

The Canadian Interwebs are ablaze with anger over the recent prorogation of parliament and polls tell us that even the general population is quite upset. Hopefully the fast growing Facebook protest group “Canadians Against Proroguing Parliament” will tranlate into feet on the ground during the nationwide protests against proroguing on Jan 23, the Saturday before […] . . . → Read More: Pop The Stack: Andrew Coyne’s Modest Proposal

Pop The Stack: Senate and GG Reform : A Simple Solution

A great article on the Globe and Mail about Harper’s Senate reform plans. As always, Senate reform is a more complex issue than it first appears. Harper likely knows this and knows that his overly simple solution will never be implemented anyways because as the author points out, there are a lot of drawbacks to […] . . . → Read More: Pop The Stack: Senate and GG Reform : A Simple Solution

Jacked Up: Democracy Delayed is Democracy Denied

So let’s do a little comparative analysis:

Number 1: David Warren calls a possible coalition a “Thai-style coup d’état”.

Now as much as I like the guy, I don’t think Dion could fool anyone into thinking he was the commander of a ruthless army. And last time I checked no politicians had been dragged into . . . → Read More: Jacked Up: Democracy Delayed is Democracy Denied