Voices-Voix is a non-partisan coalition of Canadians and Canadian organizationscommitted to defending our collective and individual rights to dissent, advocacy and democratic space. They have documented attacks against organizations, individuals and institutions that have raised their voices, to show the pattern of government silencing those who exercise their right to dissent. They have a membership of over . . . → Read More: Democracy Under Fire: Voices for Democracy
Samara, the Canadian Democracy Measurement folks have just released their latest report on the state of our democracy and its not good! This is no surprise to those of us who have been taking notice but with generally 40% or less giving any time to even discuss political issues with anybody (online or in person) . . . → Read More: Democracy Under Fire: Samara’s Democracy 360 Report
There have been a number of articles highlighting former Conservative MP Mr. Rathgeber’s new book Irresponsible Government: The Decline of Parliamentary Democracy in Canada in recent days.That he outlines the tight control that the PMO exercises over the Conservative MP’s is hardly a surprise given that he quit the Conservative caucus over having his . . . → Read More: Democracy Under Fire: Essential Reading for Democracy.
Arising from George Orwells novel Nineteen Eighty-Four published in 1949 the adjective Orwelliandescribes a totalitarian dystopia characterised by government control and subjugation of the people. Orwell’s invented language, Newspeak, satirises hypocrisy and evasion by the state: for example,the Ministry of Truth oversees propaganda and historical revisionism. When writing this Orwell believed that British democracy . . . → Read More: Democracy Under Fire: Harpers Orwellian Regime
The following short excerpts from some news and opinion this week need very little further comment! It’s this simple. If you don’t have money to maintain our Coast Guard stations and our fisheries monitors, you don’t have money to squander on an Office of Religious Freedoms. …………………. Do you remember when Canada was seen as . . . → Read More: Democracy Under Fire: Ohh Canada!
I have been struggling lately to organize my thoughts enough to write my regular Sunday morning commentary, not because there is no enough to write about on the democracy front but because there is too much. Fortunately there are many others who are more than capable of filling the gap and this week I will . . . → Read More: Democracy Under Fire: Sunday Morning Reading
Its been a while since I gave Samara the democracy measurement folks a plug but a recent visit to their web site encouraged me to have another look around and you should too. Their most recent report titled‘Who’s the Boss?’ once again reinforces what many of us firmly believe in that the ,satisfaction’ with our . . . → Read More: Democracy Under Fire: Democracy ‘Satisfaction’ dropped 20%