Supporters of the Leap Manifesto rejoice! According to a new poll from EKOS Research, your beautiful, bold, controversial, forward-looking document is supported by 40 per cent of Canadians. The post Leap Manifesto Supported By 40 Per Cent Of Canadians:… . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: Leap Manifesto Supported By 40 Per Cent Of Canadians: Poll
PHOTOS: Rachel Notley pushes back against the Leap Manifesto Monday in this screen grab from a CBC broadcast. Below: Outgoing federal NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair, Vancouver environmentalist Tzeporah Berman, ProgressAlberta.ca blog author Duncan Kinney, a… . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: The federal NDP’s ‘Leap’ of faith advocates and Alberta’s right-wing opposition: strange bedfellows?
PHOTOS: NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair accepts his defeat at his party’s national convention in Edmonton yesterday. Below: Deputy Premier Sarah Hoffman, Alberta Federation of Labour President Gil McGowan, former Ontario NDP leader Stephen Lewis and Albert… . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: The mystery of NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair’s long fall: Why didn’t he see it coming?
Former Ontario NDP leader Stephen Lewis sharply criticized Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on key Canadian policy issues during an electrifying address to the New Democrats’ 2016 convention in Edmonton. The post Stephen Lewis blasts Justin Trudeau in key… . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: Stephen Lewis blasts Justin Trudeau in keynote NDP Convention speech
Stephen Lewis and five other prominent Canadians recently called on the Commissioner of Competition to investigate climate change denier groups. The post Stephen Lewis, Prominent Canadians Demand Investigation of Climate Change Deniers appeared first o… . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: Stephen Lewis, Prominent Canadians Demand Investigation of Climate Change Deniers
Miscellaneous material for your mid-week reading.- Robert Reich suggests that government should respond to corporations who engage in anti-social activity such as moving their earnings offshore by making sure they can’t simultaneously take advantage of… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links
This and that for your Tuesday reading.
– Daniel Tencer reports on a couple of important recent warnings that Canada is in danger of following the U.S. down the path of extreme corporatism and inequality: Speaking at a fundraiser for the left-leaning Broadbent Institute, Reich said Canada is facing the same inequality-growing “structural problems” that . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links
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The outrageous assault on Canada, on what used to be Canadian values, of our decency as a once respected nation, on our very democracy fuelled a fiery address from an old socialist warrior Stephen Lewis. (see post above)
At 77 he still has fire in his belly and that fire . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: Canada’s Diminished Democracy Should Look Back To Our Past To Build Canada of the Future
Somewhere in his grim bunker, or his dank closet, Stephen Harper must be celebrating madly.I'm sure he can't quite believe his good fortune. Or the way the bony hand of fate has saved him from almost certain defeat.But war has been good for Great Leader, and after trailing Justin Trudeau for a year and . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper, Stephen Lewis, and the Con Neanderthals
This and that for your Sunday reading.
– Lynn Stuart Parramore writes about our increasingly traumatic social and political culture, along with the response which can help to overcome it: A 2012 study of hospital patients in Atlanta’s inner-city communities showed that rates of post-traumatic stress are now on par with those of veterans returning from war . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Morning Links
Well as you know, I wasn't exactly impressed by Joe Oliver's totally political fiscal update, and by the way he is recklessly blowing the surplus.To try to buy votes and leave no money in the cupboard, so the opposition can't make their own spending promises.While also leaving no money for a rainy day should . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Joe Oliver’s Dangerously Reckless Budget Scam
Assorted content to end your week.
– Jonas Fossli Gherso discusses the unfortunate (and unnecessary) acceptance of burgeoning inequality even by the people who suffer most from its presence. And Ryan Meili interviews Gabor Mate about the ill health effects of an economic system designed to keep people under stress: (T)he very nature of the . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links
I realize it’s been many months since I have blogged. (You’re more likely to find me on Facebook or Twitter.) As my HIV has to compete with everything else that ails me, and those activities which bring me relaxed pleasure, it takes a special occasion to spring me into action on the HIV/AIDS front. I… . . . → Read More: My journey with AIDS…and more!: DARE ME – and help raise funds for the Stephen Lewis Foundation
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If there would have been a reason to attend, even as an observer, it would have been to hear Stephen Lewis, a distinguished political veteran of the left.
Fortunately You Tube makes it possible to see and listen to him in the comfort of your home or office.
It is . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: Socialist Elder Stephen Lewis Addresses BC NDP Convention
…whose members include Stephen Lewis, Michele Landsberg and Bernie Farber, and whose mandate includes more than just Israel 24/7 (includes, for example,Hungarian, Slovak and Czech nationals of Roma heritage). Good luck to them. Hope to hear lots from them in the future.
Assorted content to end your week.- Thomas Walkom discusses what the Cons’ attack on unions through bill C-377 is ultimately designed to do:Finance department figures show that the tax exemption for union and professional dues does indeed cost the fed… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links
Commentator Ezra Levant lets go a broadside at Tides Canada on his Sun News Network program. Below: Researcher Tony Clark; Jamie Ellerton, executive director of Mr. Levant’s Ethical Oil Institute; National Revenue Minister Gail Shea.
As is well known, the “Ethical Oil Institute,” the Edmonton-based organization founded by Sun News Network commentator Ezra . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: Ethical Oil charity complaint sparks Alberta corporate complaint
Many NDP members were worried during the leadership campaign that Mulcair had some extreme views on some issues. Not so. Here is a great piece by Leftist Jab touching on a couple of these issues. Read that post for the details. Some people feared that Mulcair would break from working with some key NDP . . . → Read More: Driving The Porcelain Bus: Mulcair’s Views Very Similar To Layton’s
A typical Canadian taxpayer ponders the tax-deductible corporate pork that goes to support the Fraser Institute and its ilk. Below: Fraser Institute critics Donald Gutstein and Graham Steele; the Canada Revenue Agency, where is it?
Other than Canadian political parties themselves, the Fraser Institute must be Canada’s most intensely political organization.
Notwithstanding its pious mission . . . → Read More: David Climenhaga’s Alberta Diary: The Fraser Institute: 100% political and still a registered charity! Explain, please…
This and that for your Thursday reading.- Aaron Wherry takes a look at how the NDP caucus has responded to Jack Layton’s death and the resulting outpouring of public sympathy:After Jack Layton had departed Parliament Hill for the final time last week, … . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Morning Links
by matttbastard In the midst of his double-fainting couch freakout over Jack Layton’s outrageously socialist state funeral, flesh & blood cartoon QMI columnist Ezra Levant claims the late NDP leader “clearly did not meet the standard of a state funeral” … Continue reading → . . . → Read More: bastard.logic: Ezra Levant Is Ethically Outraged Over Jack Layton’s Final Farewell
Jack Layton’s state funeral service couldn’t have been more fitting. Different kinds of music being played, from classical to Quebecois from Martin Deschamps to pop to a gospel rendition of a 60′s Youngbloods’ classic by Julie Michel. The musical selections also represented something Jack Layton strived toward, besides social democracy; diversity. In fact, not . . . → Read More: Jack Layton’s Funeral, Learning About Jack, The Family Man. A Few Words To Critics, . . . → Read More: Jack Layton’s Funeral, Learning About Jack, The Family Man. A Few Words To Critics,