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Alberta Diary: Collapse of rickety Wildrose coalition of market fanatics and religious fundamentalists could be bad-news/good-news story for Alberta’s NDP

A recent meeting of the Wildrose Party Legislative caucus. Actual members of the official Opposition party may not appear exactly as illustrated. Below: NDP Leader Rachel Notley and Wildrose Leader Danielle Smith.

Monday’s bombshell that the rickety coalition of ideological market-perfection fanatics and social-conservative religious fundamentalists called the Wildrose Party was coming unstuck . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: Collapse of rickety Wildrose coalition of market fanatics and religious fundamentalists could be bad-news/good-news story for Alberta’s NDP

Alberta Diary: Tory income-splitting tax policy: It’s about creating and preserving gender inequality and making rich guys richer

Whew! This income splitting is a killer. Actual perfect families as seen by the Harper Government may not appear exactly like Canadian reality. Below: Queen’s University tax law professor Kathleen Lahey.

A fundamental purpose the Harper Government’s ideologically driven income-splitting tax scheme is to undermine women’s equality, Queen’s University tax law professor Kathleen . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: Tory income-splitting tax policy: It’s about creating and preserving gender inequality and making rich guys richer

Pushed to the Left and Loving It: It Was Wrong When Ronald Reagan Did it and Just as Wrong For Stephen Harper

In, albeit not their sleaziest act, the Harper government blanketed the Ontario federal riding of Scarborough-Agincourt with flyers, aimed at the Liberals, for the upcoming bi-election.

Not unusual during an election campaign.

What made these flyers beyond the pale, was their content. Hoping to tap into the abundant immigrant community for votes, they suggest . . . → Read More: Pushed to the Left and Loving It: It Was Wrong When Ronald Reagan Did it and Just as Wrong For Stephen Harper

The Progressive Right: Joy Smith, Minister of Censorship #cdnpoli #censorship #cpc

Joy Smith, the Conservative Minister for Censorship, has an op-ed up in the Huffington Post continuing her call to filter internet content at the internet service provider level. I won’t link to it because I can’t help but think I’m giving her more than the 15 minutes of fame she has already used up. You . . . → Read More: The Progressive Right: Joy Smith, Minister of Censorship #cdnpoli #censorship #cpc

The Progressive Right: Yes, the Manning Centre is a Registered Charity … Still

A Mennonite magazine, ‘Canadian Mennonite’, has received a warning from the Canadian Revenue Agency, about what articles and editorials it can publish, citing their pieces “appear to promote opposition to a political party, or to candidates for public office”. That’s a no-no under the rules for maintaining registered charity status.

Meanwhile, the Manning Centre, as previously . . . → Read More: The Progressive Right: Yes, the Manning Centre is a Registered Charity … Still

The Progressive Right: Whip the Vote, Mr. Rae (#lpc #prochoice)

Citation: R. v. Morgentaler, [1988] 1 S.C.R. 30 Date: January 28, 1988

State interference with bodily integrity and serious state-imposed psychological stress, at least in the criminal law context, constitutes a breach of security of the person.

Liberty in a free and democratic society does not require the state . . . → Read More: The Progressive Right: Whip the Vote, Mr. Rae (#lpc #prochoice)

The Progressive Right: The Manning Centre is Still a Registered Charity

Ethical Oil has written a letter to the Canada Revenue Agency to review the David Suzuki Foundation’s charitable status because, they allege, the Suzuki Foundation is a partisan political organization. I won’t link to it because I don’t want to. The National Post and the Toronto Sun are also carrying stories – I won’t . . . → Read More: The Progressive Right: The Manning Centre is Still a Registered Charity

The Progressive Right: Will the Real Rob Ford Please Stand Up?

Rob Ford’s former press secretary, Adrienne Batra, addresses the hullabaloo regarding the mayor’s pending absence from Pride events: I know Rob Ford. He is a far more tolerant individual than many of the people attacking him. Ford’s problem isn’t homophobia, nor does he have a hidden agenda to take away gay rights. His concern is . . . → Read More: The Progressive Right: Will the Real Rob Ford Please Stand Up?

The Progressive Right: Larry O’Brien Loves Glenn Beck

I don’t pay much attention to Larry O’Brien. I know he was Ottawa’s mayor, but he had no direct impact on me or my life. The only thing I paid attention to was when Toronto elected Rob Ford, Rob Ford was dubbed “our Larry O’Brien” and that Toronto shouldn’t vote for him. Makes me . . . → Read More: The Progressive Right: Larry O’Brien Loves Glenn Beck

The Progressive Right: Disturbing Conservative Viewpoints on Education

Interesting how social conservatives in both Canada and the United States are blaming universities for their being “too much edumacation”.

On his Facebook profile, former Liberal MP Omar Alghabra, found and posted this letter to the editor on Mississauga.com that highlighted one of Canada’s problem to those of the so-called common sense thinking variety – there . . . → Read More: The Progressive Right: Disturbing Conservative Viewpoints on Education

the reeves report: Laureen Harper’s Big Opportunity

Laureen and Stephen Harper.

Even though it has been Ottawa’s worst kept secret for years, the rumour (which in all likelihood has some truth to it) that Laureen Harper has moved out of 24 Sussex Drive and into the Chateau Laurier has been making the rounds yet again. The rumour also suggests not . . . → Read More: the reeves report: Laureen Harper’s Big Opportunity

the reeves report: Conservative MP warns abortion debate has been reopened in Canada

Conservative backbencher for Saskatoon-Humboldt Brad Trost has indicated that the abortion debate in Canada has been reopened after Prime Minister Stephen Harper declared in May that the issue would remain closed. Trost’s statement comes on the heels of an announcement made last week that the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) has approved an application to … Continue reading » . . . → Read More: the reeves report: Conservative MP warns abortion debate has been reopened in Canada

The Progressive Right: Women’s Centres Rally Today Against Thompson Rape Case Judge’s Suggestion of "Implied Consent"

Via the Canadian Federation of Students – Manitoba. NEWS RELEASE For Immediate Release Thursday, February 24, 2011 WOMEN’S CENTRES RALLY AGAINST THOMPSON RAPE CASE JUDGE’S SUGGESTION OF “IMPLIED CONSENT” MANITOBA—Women’s Centres are a… . . . → Read More: The Progressive Right: Women’s Centres Rally Today Against Thompson Rape Case Judge’s Suggestion of "Implied Consent"

The Progressive Right: Judge Rules Rape Did Not Occur Because of "Misunderstanding"

According to Winnipeg judge Robert Dewar (appointed September 2009 by Justice Minister Rob Nicholson), women should not talk to men because it could be unintentionally conveyed that there is “sex in the air” and the laws regarding rape are thrown out t… . . . → Read More: The Progressive Right: Judge Rules Rape Did Not Occur Because of "Misunderstanding"

The Progressive Right: Portugal — Drug Experiment

Portugal must be a social conservative’s worst nightmare. For one, they decriminalized possession of narcotics ten years ago, increased treatment for addiction and targeted their criminal prosecution efforts solely on distribution and trafficking. [D… . . . → Read More: The Progressive Right: Portugal — Drug Experiment

The Progressive Right: Blogging Tories in their Own Words

When it’s become clear that it’s time to review our words and avoid demonizing our political opponents, I am thankful for sites like Blogging Tories in their Own Words to shine the light on this distastful practice. . . . → Read More: The Progressive Right: Blogging Tories in their Own Words

The Progressive Right: Charles McVety was for Censorship before he was Against It

Charles McVety, the best spokesman for the Conservative Party a partisan Liberal could ever hope for, has come out against censorship despite being for it. . . . → Read More: The Progressive Right: Charles McVety was for Censorship before he was Against It

The Progressive Right: Did PBS censor Tina Fey?

Tina Fey, winner of the 2010 Mark Twain Prize for American Humor, had her speech edited during the PBS broadcast of the show. Critics claim it’s due to the controversial nature of the speech where she addresses the rise of Sarah Palin to prominence; P… . . . → Read More: The Progressive Right: Did PBS censor Tina Fey?