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Paul S. Graham: Bringing the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples to life in Canada

On April 21, 2016, NDP MP Romeo Saganash (Abitibi-Baie James-Nunavik-Eeyou) introduced legislation (Bill C-262) that will ensure that Canadian law is consistent the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Adopted by the UN General Assembly in 2007, the declaration was initially opposed by the Harper government but eventually endorsed by Canada in 2010. […] . . . → Read More: Paul S. Graham: Bringing the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples to life in Canada

Left Over: Back Door Justice on a Friday Afternoon….

NDP forces Commons debate on murdered, missing indigenous women Conservative-controlled committee didn’t recommend public inquiry but NDP seized debate opportunity

By Kady O’Malley, CBC News Posted: Sep 19, 2014 2:44 PM ET Last Updated: Sep 19, 2014 5:12 PM ET

http://montrealsimon.blogspot.ca/2014/09/the-ndp-forces-debate-on-missing-and.html

Ffinally, the NDP comes through in a wonderfully calculated move that . . . → Read More: Left Over: Back Door Justice on a Friday Afternoon….

Montreal Simon: The NDP Forces a Debate on Missing and Murdered Aboriginal Women

I couldn't have asked for a better sight to pick up my sagging spirits.In Stephen Harper's miserable Parliament, where democracy goes to die. Where there is all the time in the world to talk about war, but no time to talk about all those murdered and missing aboriginal women.And absolutely no time or money . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: The NDP Forces a Debate on Missing and Murdered Aboriginal Women

The Canadian Progressive: Paul Martin accuses residential schools of ‘cultural genocide’

  Residential schools engaged in “cultural genocide,” former prime minister Paul Martin said Friday at the hearings of the federal Truth And Reconciliation Commission, adding that aboriginal Canadians must now be offered the best educational system. “Let us understand that what happened at the residential schools was the use of […]

The post Paul Martin . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: Paul Martin accuses residential schools of ‘cultural genocide’

Accidental Deliberations: It takes a Village

Shorter John Ivison:

I consider it a sign of profound unseriousness that Romeo Saganash and the NDP want to give effect to an international treaty which might result in indigenous people having some influence over policy. Veto power for multinational corporate conglomerates, that’s fine. But *people*? Outrageous, says I.

Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Morning Links

This and that for your Thursday reading.

– Murray Dobbin writes about the significance of Idle No More as a shift away from the presumption that First Nations’ interests are represented solely by elected officials: There are some fascinating similarities between the Idle No More phenomenon and the Occupy movement. Both reflect a political dualism: . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Morning Links

Accidental Deliberations: Leadership 2012 Roundup

A few days worth of news from the NDP’s leadership campaign…

– Niki Ashton appealed to NDP members to consider the need to build among younger voters.

– Co-campaign manager Jamey Heath took to the opinion pages in defence of Nathan Cullen’s joint nomination proposal. But I seem to recall much of the same argument . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Leadership 2012 Roundup

Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Afternoon Links

Miscellaneous material for your mid-week reading.

– Heather Scoffield gives far too much credence to the Cons’ spin on what their focus group results mean. But her report offers what may be the most definitive indication yet that the Cons’ ideology bears absolutely no resemblance to what Canadians actually want: The report says respondents were . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Afternoon Links

Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Afternoon Links

Assorted content to end your weekend.

– David Olive highlights the complete lack of need for the Cons’ planned attacks on Old Age Security: Say what you will of Stephen Harper’s success in scaring Canadian seniors with his recent musings about cutting seniors’ benefits. It does not warrant the public debate that the most charitable . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Afternoon Links

Accidental Deliberations: Leadership 2012 Roundup

News and notes from the last few days as the deadline to sign up looms just a week away in advance of a convention that’s set to far exceed the turnout the NDP expected.

– Niki Ashton responded to questions about whether she’d stay in the race with a strong indication that she won’t be . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Leadership 2012 Roundup

Accidental Deliberations: Leadership 2012 – Saganash Bows Out

In my most recent leadership candidate rankings, I mentioned that I still saw a possible path to victory for Romeo Saganash. To expand slightly on what I’d planned to turn into a more substantive post, that view was based on the possibility that he could effectively put into practice Tarik Brahmi’s theory of a Stephane . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Leadership 2012 – Saganash Bows Out

Accidental Deliberations: Leadership 2012 Roundup

A few leadership notes covering the gap between Sunday’s informal debate and tonight’s version in Saskatoon…

– Niki Ashton unveiled her justice platform, proposing a “judicare” program to ensure greater access to the legal system as well as soft drug decriminalization.

– Nathan Cullen took questions from Aaron Wherry, featuring his view that energy is . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Leadership 2012 Roundup

Accidental Deliberations: Leadership 2012 Candidate Rankings – February 5, 2012

Since it’s been a little while, I’ll offer another of my periodic caveats that these rankings are intended to reflect my perception as to how likely a particular candidate is to win the NDP’s leadership rather than my own preferences. So has anything changed on that front since last week?

1. Thomas Mulcair (1)

Well, . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Leadership 2012 Candidate Rankings – February 5, 2012

Accidental Deliberations: Leadership 2012 Roundup

Thanks to an end-of-week conference it’s been a few days since I’ve done a general roundup on the NDP leadership race. And based on the pace of activity, it looks like we’re into the home stretch as candidates enter the last couple of weeks in which to sign up new members.

– Niki Ashton unveiled . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Leadership 2012 Roundup

Accidental Deliberations: Leadership 2012 Candidate Rankings – January 29, 2012

With one exception, the NDP’s Halifax leadership debate looks largely to have largely reinforced the previous positions of its leadership candidates. But there could be plenty more changes in store if a few developments from the debate hold up in the weeks to come.

1. Thomas Mulcair (1)

As the front-runner, Mulcair naturally took . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Leadership 2012 Candidate Rankings – January 29, 2012

Accidental Deliberations: Leadership 2012 Roundup

In the lead-up to tomorrow’s official debate in Halifax, the end of this week saw plenty of developments in the NDP leadership race – including both the familiar combination of endorsements, videos and policy releases from the campaigns themselves, and an increase in outside reporting that took coverage in a few perhaps-unexpected directions. So let’s . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Leadership 2012 Roundup

Accidental Deliberations: Leadership 2012 Roundup

Yes, Alice comes as close as one can to distilling the entire NDP leadership race into a single post. But there’s still plenty going on as the field becomes official – so let’s take a look at what’s new over the past couple of days.

– Niki Ashton released a statement on foreign policy, calling . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Leadership 2012 Roundup

Accidental Deliberations: Leadership 2012 Candidate Rankings – January 22, 2012

For all that’s happened over the past week, the ultimate result has been largely to confirm the relative placement that the NDP’s leadership candidates have faced all along. And in cutting through the increasing volume of activity, this week’s rankings look to be drifting back toward the first set of candidate perceptions from November – . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Leadership 2012 Candidate Rankings – January 22, 2012

Progressive Proselytizing: Issues and Themes in the Toronto NDP Federal Leadership Debate

Part one of this blog’s coverage of the Toronto NDP Federal Leadership debate on January 18th gives an overview of the various candidates more on the side of personality, debating skills, speaking skills, and the like. This second post takes a look at the dominant themes and issues raised in the debate.   . . . → Read More: Progressive Proselytizing: Issues and Themes in the Toronto NDP Federal Leadership Debate

Accidental Deliberations: Leadership 2012 Roundup

Last night’s Toronto leadership forum has received plenty of attention, including media coverage as well as personal takes from Ian Welsh and Progressive Proselytizing. Subject to the below my own take on the candidates didn’t change much from what I saw in December’s debate, but a few points do seem worth noting: Niki Ashton wasn’t . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Leadership 2012 Roundup

Progressive Proselytizing: Toronto NDP Federal Leadership Debate Reactions

I attended the Toronto Area Council NDP Federal Leadership Debate. What follows is a range of reactions about the candidates, policies, and themes in this debate. 

Crowd: The crowd packed the 850 seat theater at the Bloor Collegiate Institute leaving 150 outside and unable to enter; an excellent showing, especially given that this is an informal debate . . . → Read More: Progressive Proselytizing: Toronto NDP Federal Leadership Debate Reactions

Accidental Deliberations: Leadership 2012 Roundup

No, I won’t claim to have entirely comprehensive coverage of the NDP’s leadership race. But I do try to catch the developments that strike me as significant for each candidate and the race as a whole…so let’s take a look at what’s new over the past few days.

To start off with, the Laurier–Sainte-Marie debate . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Leadership 2012 Roundup

Accidental Deliberations: Leadership 2012 Candidate Rankings – January 15, 2012

At the outset of this week’s rankings, I’ll offer a reminder that the below is intended to reflect my analysis as to how likely any given candidate is to win the NDP’s leadership race, rather than my own personal ballot or any other endorsement of one candidate over another. And yes, the reasons for that . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Leadership 2012 Candidate Rankings – January 15, 2012

Accidental Deliberations: Leadership 2012 Roundup

Yes, it’s only been a couple of days since my last roundup post. But I’ll let the pace of news determine how often I put them up – and the end of this week offered loads of material for discussion.

– Niki Ashton made a statement on LGBT equality in the course of her latest . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Leadership 2012 Roundup

Accidental Deliberations: Leadership 2012 Candidate Rankings – January 8, 2012

There isn’t anything new in the candidate rankings for this week, as the latest developments have generally left the NDP’s leadership contenders in substantially the same position they’ve occupied for some time. But there may be some major changes in the works over the next little while – so let’s look at how those might . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Leadership 2012 Candidate Rankings – January 8, 2012