Richard ‘Hub’ Hughes- Political Blogger
Canadians following the ‘Idle No More’ efforts that have sprung up across the country by tuning in to the MSM will no doubt have a very shallow and generally bigoted account of what is happening and why.
Part of the reason is that very few of the journalists have sufficient knowledge or even a sense of the history to do much more than they are doing, following talking points set out and religiously followed.
What do the natives want?
What did they do with all the money we sent?
Who speaks for Idle No More?
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Daniel Craig (James Bond) and Queen Elizabeth Parachute Into London Olympics Opening Ceremony.
It was a stunt but a good one.
Alright, what longstanding Canadian institution shall we dispense with today?
Queen Elizabeth II has been all over the news of late in honour of her Diamond Jubilee. Never satisfied, some of those rabble-rousing muckrakers in the NDP have refused to join in the festivities. That killjoy Pat Martin in particular, MP for Winnipeg Centre, is using the opportunity to call on Canada to sever its ties to the British monarchy.
This may not be something I would describe as an urgent national priority, but it is worth thinking about. If we were to start over from scratch, would we want
. . . → Read More: Song of the Watermelon: Retiring the Monarchy
April 17, 1982: The Queen signs the Constitution as Pierre Elliott Trudeau, then Canada’s prime minister, looks on, apparently bemused. Below: The Charter; a sterner Mr. Trudeau.
Today is the 30th anniversary of our Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. On April 17, 1982, Queen Elizabeth signed our new Canadian Constitution, of which the Charter is part.It should come as no surprise that the government of Prime Minister Stephen Harper – normally so obsessed with history, at least when it involves feats of arms – is ignoring this turning point in Canadian history.
Part of this, naturally, is
. . . → Read More: David Climenhaga’s Alberta Diary: Be thankful for our Canadian Charter of Rights, 30 years old today, and remember who hates it