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The Canadian Progressive: Harper’s “old stock Canadians” line is downright racist and xenophobic

Did Lynton Crosby, the Australian “master of dog whistle politics”, have anything to do with Stephen Harper’s racist, divisive and xenophobic “old stock Canadians” line? It’s possible.

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Politics and its Discontents: Anyone Up For A Citizen’s Arrest?

That is the question Toronto lawyer Paul Cavalluzzo essentially asks, given the egregious contempt for law that the Harper government in general, and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander in particular, is showing regarding refugee health care: Our government has clearly refused to comply with an order in a case in which the court found that . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Anyone Up For A Citizen’s Arrest?

The Canadian Progressive: Conservatives urged to respect Federal Court’s ruling on refugee health care

A group of doctors dedicated to strengthening and improving Canada’s universal publicly-funded health care system is urging the Conservatives to drop their appeal against the Federal Court’s recent ruling on refugee health care funding.

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THE CANADIAN PROGRESSIVE: Harper’s cancellation of refugee health care “cruel and unusual” treatment: Federal Court

Harper’s cancellation of refugee health care was “cruel and unusual” treatment that “shocks the conscience and outrages Canadian standards of decency.”

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Politics and its Discontents: Not In My Name, Please

In a regime rife with duplicity, one of the most dishonest aspects of the Harper cabal is its endless capacity to pretend that the decisions it makes and the legislation it enacts are being done ‘for the people’. One of most recent examples of this egregious misrepresentation is the decision by the federal government . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Not In My Name, Please

OPSEU Diablogue: Heartless — cuts to refugee health care

On June 17 Canadian Doctors For Refugee Care conducted demonstrations across Canada drawing attention to the Harper government’s 2012 changes to the Interim Federal Health Plan that would deny many desperate refugees access to our health system. As the people in … Continue reading →

OPSEU Diablogue: Toronto Board of Health calls for an end to the three-month wait for OHIP eligibility

Following the recommendations of the city’s Medical Officer of Health, the Toronto Board of Health is calling on the Ontario government to end the three-month wait for OHIP coverage for new residents and improve access to care to the city’s … Continue reading →

Politics and its Discontents: Tory Attacks on the Canadian Soul

To suggest that the Harper regime is working relentlessly to diminish the Canadian soul is hardly a remarkable insight. Examples abound of its flinty resolve to undermine traditional Canadian values and virtues, compassion and fairness apparently at the top of its ‘hit list’.

But while the Conservatives seek to remake Canada . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Tory Attacks on the Canadian Soul

Politics and its Discontents: Embarrassing The Harper Government

The rhetoric about overpaid doctors notwithstanding, I suspect the public loves it as much as I do when the medical profession defends its principles and embarrasses Tory lap dogs in the process.

As reported in today’s Star, although it is not something they are used to doing, doctors feel it is morally incumbent upon . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Embarrassing The Harper Government

OPSEU Diablogue: Refugee Health: The Harper government blinks

The Harper government blinked this week. Determined to bulldoze through unpopular cuts to the Interim Federal Health Program (IFHP) for refugees, the government partially backed off claiming they were simply “clarifying the wording” on the plan. The plan provides interim comprehensive … Continue reading →

Politics and its Discontents: The Ripple Effect?

I wonder if Dr. Chris Keefer’s sterling example helped inspire this.

Interesting that because they disagree with his cutting of refugee-claimants’ health care, protesters are identified by Immigration Minister Jason Kenney as ‘extremists.’

As opposed to what, enablers? Recommend this Post . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: The Ripple Effect?

Politics and its Discontents: A Followup To Dr. Chris Keefer’s Brave Stance

The other day I posted a link to a remarkable video showing Dr. Chris Keefer interrupting Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver’s announcement at Toronto General hospital to protest Bill C-31, the legislation that will deny to those claiming refugee-status life saving drugs.

Bernie Farber has written a piece in The Huffington Post . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: A Followup To Dr. Chris Keefer’s Brave Stance

Politics and its Discontents: Speaking Truth To Power

I hope this video renews your faith in people as it has mine:

Dr. Chris Keefer interrupts Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver:

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