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The Tory Pirate - Politics & Policy: Random Thoughts: Scattering the Provinces

If you’ve been paying attention lately you’ll know that the provinces have been trying to work through their differences (mostly involving pipelines). You may also be aware of the low-level animosity between the East and the West. In short, the provinces could get along better.

While it is tempting to view these disputes as a . . . → Read More: The Tory Pirate – Politics & Policy: Random Thoughts: Scattering the Provinces

Political Eh-conomy: Legislating a real raise: Minimum wages and real earnings growth

In a recent post titled, “What happened to the distribution of real earnings during the recession?”, Stephen Gordon presents a graphs that shows some significant growth in real (adjust for inflation) earnings in Canada between 2007 and 2012. In addition, plotting average annual growth rates in real earnings against the distribution of earnings, the graph . . . → Read More: Political Eh-conomy: Legislating a real raise: Minimum wages and real earnings growth

The Canadian Progressive: Money Doesn’t Buy Top Performance in Provincial Health Systems

A new study by the Conference Board of Canada ranked Ontario, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia highest among Canadian provinces for their performance in delivering health care services. P.E.I. and Newfoundland and Labrador were ranked lowest.

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The Canadian Progressive: Harper government bullying provinces to accept EU trade deal,says Council of Canadians

Federal funding for a hydro project in Newfoundland and Labrador is tied to the condition that the province removes minimum processing rules in the fisheries. The Council of Canadians accuses the Harper government of bullying provinces to accept EU trade deal.

The post Harper government bullying provinces to accept EU trade deal,says Council of Canadians . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: Harper government bullying provinces to accept EU trade deal,says Council of Canadians

The Canadian Progressive: Premier Wynne can push for national referendum on future of the Senate

By Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive, Feb. 18, 2013: In, 2004, Stephen Harper described Canada’s Senate as a “dumping ground for the favoured cronies of the Prime Minister.” He also said: “I will not name appointed people to the Senate. Anyone who sits in the Parliament of Canada must be elected by the people . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: Premier Wynne can push for national referendum on future of the Senate

The Canadian Progressive: Freedom of Press Under Attack in Montreal (VIDEO)

During the Quebec student protests against the tuition hikes, members of the press came under attack by the SPVM (Montreal Police). This video aims to raise the issue of press freedom in face of suppressive and brutal tactics by the SPVM to deny access of coverage to members of the media. The Canadian Progressive recommends: . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: Freedom of Press Under Attack in Montreal (VIDEO)

The Scott Ross: Why Being Conservative With Business Is Bad Business

Turns out Conservatives can’t grow businesses liberally. Go figure. Since Stephen Harper became Prime Minister the World Bank reports that Canada has fallen from the 4th most business friendly nation to the 17th. Data shows that not only has Canada … . . . → Read More: The Scott Ross: Why Being Conservative With Business Is Bad Business

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

Canadian Progressive: Conservative MP Ryan Leef Calls Harper “Prime Minister of Cannibal” (VIDEO)

Oooops! The Dear Leader makes his Conservative lieutenants wet their pants, doesn’t he? Last night, Yukon Tory MP Ryan Leef was so overjoyed by Harper’s visit that he invited those gathered to “join me in welcoming back to the Yukon, the Prime Minister of Cannibal… (laughter), Canada, the Right Honorable, Honorable, Stephen Harper.” (Applause). Or . . . → Read More: Canadian Progressive: Conservative MP Ryan Leef Calls Harper “Prime Minister of Cannibal” (VIDEO)

Canadian Progressive World: Quebec votes 2012: Separatist Option Nationale’s disingenuous appeal to Anglophones

This might come as a surprise to most Anglophones in Canada and Quebec. But it’s true. Option Nationale, a party unconditionally committed to separating Quebec from Canada, invites Anglophones to help shape the “future” of the province. To help the province “reach its full potential”. The party’s leader, Jean-Martin Aussant, made made the surprise invitation . . . → Read More: Canadian Progressive World: Quebec votes 2012: Separatist Option Nationale’s disingenuous appeal to Anglophones

Canadian Progressive World: Toronto Mayor Rob Ford’s Official White Supremacist Portrait: PHOTO

Our Ford, the (Lord) Mayor of Toronto is rabidly right-wing. No doubt about that. After all, he recently proposed exiling Toronto’s convicted criminals, most of whom tend to be persons of color. Fellow Conservative and immigrant-bashing minister of Citizenship and Immigration, Jason Kenney, endorsed the idea. Still, I would never have imagined the Mayor of . . . → Read More: Canadian Progressive World: Toronto Mayor Rob Ford’s Official White Supremacist Portrait: PHOTO

CANADIAN PROGRESSIVE WORLD: A CLASSE act for Quebec’s next provincial election

Should an election be called, the more militant group of the Quebec student protest movement will mobilze students against ideology and neo-liberal politics. That’s according to CLASSE’s new manifesto, recently launched by Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois (pictured), the organization’s spokesman. The manifesto focuses on four core themes: democracy, feminism, social justice and ecology.

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CANADIAN PROGRESSIVE WORLD: B.C. Premier Condemns Enbridge Inc For Michigan Pipeline Spill

Finally, British Columbia Premier Christy Clark has taken a public position on the Northern Gateway pipeline!

Enbridge, the company behind the condemned pipeline through her province “has some pretty important questions to answer” following revelations of its inept handling of a July 2010 spill in Michigan. The spill dumped more than 3-million litres of crude . . . → Read More: CANADIAN PROGRESSIVE WORLD: B.C. Premier Condemns Enbridge Inc For Michigan Pipeline Spill

CANADIAN PROGRESSIVE WORLD: Jason Kenney’s Tell-Tale Conservative Apology

Apparently, Immigration Minister Jason Kenney has apologized for labeling Thomas Lukaszuk, the deputy premier of Alberta, “a complete and utter a-hole.” And Lukaszuk’s boss, premier Alison Redford wants us to believe that Kenney’s insult amounts to: “there are people who have personalities that do and don’t get along.” And that “there may be the odd . . . → Read More: CANADIAN PROGRESSIVE WORLD: Jason Kenney’s Tell-Tale Conservative Apology

CANADIAN PROGRESSIVE WORLD: We Are All Québécois: Solidarity From Chilean Students And Academics

Below is a statement of solidarity with the ongoing Quebec student protests from Chilean academics and student leaders. (English translation via Translating The Revolution.) We Are All Québécois! We the undersigned, Chilean academics and student leaders, denounce to national and … Continue reading →

Canadian Progressive World: Ontario’s Next Premier: Andrea Horwath

The media gave her scant attention. But that didn’t stop Ontario NDP leader Andrea Horwath from proving that she’s the best person to lead Canada’s economic and social heartbeat after October 6. Ontario Liberal leader Dalton McGuinty… . . . → Read More: Canadian Progressive World: Ontario’s Next Premier: Andrea Horwath

Blunt Objects: Provincial Polling

Teddy here. I’ve complied the most recent polls I can find for all provinces and placed it on a simple grid.A note on Quebec, the new party is not polled within the 100%. . . . → Read More: Blunt Objects: Provincial Polling

Canadian Progressive World: Ontario Votes 2011: McGuinty’s Prescription For A Cancer Called “Canadian Experience”

The Liberals pledge to offer $10 000 in tax credits to Ontario businesses that hire new immigrants is spot-on. It might just be the cure for a stubborn cancer called “Canadian experience”. Foreign-trained immigrants with professional creden… . . . → Read More: Canadian Progressive World: Ontario Votes 2011: McGuinty’s Prescription For A Cancer Called “Canadian Experience”

Canadian Progressive World: Ontario Provincial Election Opportunity To Defeat Stephen Harper

While attending a barbecue hosted at Toronto mayor Rob Ford’s family home, Prime Minister Stephen called for Liberal Premier McGuinty’s defeat during the October 6 Ontario Provincial election. This isn’t just meddling in provinc… . . . → Read More: Canadian Progressive World: Ontario Provincial Election Opportunity To Defeat Stephen Harper

Canadian Progressive World: Did You Sign The Abortion Petition, Tim Hudak?

Apparently, the man who wants to be Ontario’s next premier signed a petition seeking to end abortion funding. But Ontario Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak only admits that he ”may have” signed the damn thing. “May … . . . → Read More: Canadian Progressive World: Did You Sign The Abortion Petition, Tim Hudak?

Blunt Objects: A short update on the Provinces.

Hello, Teddy here. First, I want to sadly announce that due to problems, our sister blog, Riding by Riding has suffered a complete data loss. Due to the fact the site is down, I’d like to share my analysis of the provinces over here.The PQ lost a total… . . . → Read More: Blunt Objects: A short update on the Provinces.