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Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links

This and that for your Tuesday reading.

– Gary Bloch writes about the costs of poverty (and the small-minded attitude toward public supports which allows it to remain): We also see the effects of poverty at home: the discomfort of living next to people who are struggling to survive, with the resulting anger and irritation . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links

Alberta Politics: Happy New Year! In 2016, let’s improve workplace safety, forgive student loans and pull the plug on daylight savings

PHOTOS: Happy New Year! Wouldn’t 2016 be a great time to start allowing the sale of beer, wine and liquor in safe, clean and unionized Alberta grocery stores? Below: Saskatchewan CCF Premier Tommy Douglas and Canadian Prime Minister Lester Pearson, w… . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: Happy New Year! In 2016, let’s improve workplace safety, forgive student loans and pull the plug on daylight savings

Cowichan Conversations: Mouseland – with Keifer Sutherland & Tommy Douglas

Cowichan Conversations: Tommy Douglas-The Arrows of Desire

Alberta Politics: Guest Post by Mimi Williams: When the NDP abandoned its socialist principles, it abandoned its chance of winning

PHOTOS: Federal NDP leader Thomas Mulcair – whatever was he thinking? Below: Guest Post author Mimi Williams; Jeremy Corbyn, new leader of Britain’s Labour Party. Many New Democrats were shocked and dismayed at the outcome of Monday’s federal election, despite their relief that Stephen Harper and his Conservative Party government were gone at last. Long-time . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: Guest Post by Mimi Williams: When the NDP abandoned its socialist principles, it abandoned its chance of winning

Writings of J. Todd Ring: New Leadership Urgently Needed For The US, Canada and Britain

Imagine if Martin Luther King Jr., Tommy Douglas and Tony Benn were President of the US, and Prime Ministers of Canada and Britain, respectively. The world would certainly be a far better, more just, freer, more peaceful, and safer place. But we do not. In all three of these “leading” nations we have neoliberal corporate . . . → Read More: Writings of J. Todd Ring: New Leadership Urgently Needed For The US, Canada and Britain

Writings of J. Todd Ring: New Leadership Urgently Needed For The US, Canada and Britain

Imagine if Martin Luther King Jr., Tommy Douglas and Tony Benn were President of the US, and Prime Ministers of Canada and Britain, respectively. The world would certainly be a far better, more just, freer, more peaceful, and safer place. But we do not. In all three of these “leading” nations we have neoliberal corporate . . . → Read More: Writings of J. Todd Ring: New Leadership Urgently Needed For The US, Canada and Britain

Writings of J. Todd Ring: Thoughts on the NDP

I’d like to have confidence in the NDP, but they have become a neoliberal party, in full submission to the corporate powers and the neoliberal corporate agenda, despite the fanfare and the piece-meal token gestures. Mulcair certainly is no Tommy Douglas, nor is he a Tony Benn. I hope I am wrong, and I’d be . . . → Read More: Writings of J. Todd Ring: Thoughts on the NDP

Accidental Deliberations: On historical connections

Needless to say, we have ample reason to laugh at Justin Trudeau’s attempt to cast himself as bearing any similarity to Tommy Douglas when it comes to social justice and economic management. But it may not be long before one significant link develops between the two.

Based on a quick scan, the 1962 federal election . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: On historical connections

Pushed to the Left and Loving It: The Most Powerful Symbol You Will See This Election

I am a Canadian, free to speak without fear, free to worship in my own way, free to stand for what I think right, free to oppose what I believe wrong, or free to choose those who shall govern my country. This heritage of freedom I pledge to uphold for myself and all mankind. . . . → Read More: Pushed to the Left and Loving It: The Most Powerful Symbol You Will See This Election

Pushed to the Left and Loving It: Thomas Mulcair is wrong to Invoke Tommy Douglas and the War Measures Act.

On October 12, 1970, Pierre LaPorte’s wife received a letter from her husband: (1)

The day before Quebec premier Robert Bourassa had also received a letter from his labour minister: (1)

How could Mr. Bourassa not be moved by such a letter?  How could anyone not in that situation?  “You have the power of life . . . → Read More: Pushed to the Left and Loving It: Thomas Mulcair is wrong to Invoke Tommy Douglas and the War Measures Act.

Cowichan Conversations: TOMMY Douglas–Keeper of the Flame-VIDEO

Richard Hughes- Political Blogger

Tommy Douglas remains one of Canada’s most inspirational political figures. He was recognized as ‘The Greatest Canadian 2004.

We are at a cross roads in Canada today. The Alberta NDP

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Cowichan Conversations: Tommy Douglas Defines Fascism

 

“Once more let me remind you what fascism is.

It need not wear a brown shirt or a green shirt — it may even wear a dress shirt.

Fascism begins the moment a ruling class, fearing the people may use their political democracy

to gain economic democracy, begins to destroy political democracy in . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: Tommy Douglas Defines Fascism

Accidental Deliberations: On extended intrusions

There’s been plenty of discussion as to the similarities between the Cons’ terror bill and Pierre Trudeau’s 1970 invocation of the War Measures Act. And it’s certainly worth reminding ourselves that even in the face of an identifiable security concern, the impulse to attack civil rights tends to prove wrong upon reflection.

But there’s . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: On extended intrusions

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Rational. Disciplined. Principled. #nlpoli

Back at the start of the current Conservative administration in 2003, they were very sharply aware of the problem with using one-time revenues for day-to-day spending.

They were so concerned about using that one-time money that they tried to get the federal government to do the impossible, namely give the provincial government here a permanent . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Rational. Disciplined. Principled. #nlpoli

Cowichan Conversations: Canada’s Diminished Democracy Should Look Back To Our Past To Build Canada of the Future

Richard Hughes-Political Blogger

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

Susan on the Soapbox: Mouseland (why do people vote against their self-interest?)

“All the laws were good laws. For cats.”—Tommy Douglas

The other day I called Telus to cancel my campaign phones and internet service. Groan. After listening to canned music for 17 minutes I was transferred to a customer service rep. He took my information, argued with me when I wouldn’t give him my email . . . → Read More: Susan on the Soapbox: Mouseland (why do people vote against their self-interest?)

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics: Will Gordon Dirks become the latest inter-provincial political jumper?

TweetThe controversial appointment of unelected Gordon Dirks as Education minister caught many Albertans by surprised this week. As the former chairman of the Calgary Board of Education, he is well-known to educators in that city, but not to the rest of Alberta. Before moving to Calgary, he served as a Progressive Conservative MLA in the . . . → Read More: daveberta.ca – Alberta politics: Will Gordon Dirks become the latest inter-provincial political jumper?

Alberta Diary: Dear Scotland: Do whatever you think is best … but remember, the Globe and Mail never has your interests at heart

A typical Western Canadian scene: snapped in Edmonton, Alberta, in 2014.

The Scotch, as we used to say when I was growing up in B.C., pretty much built Western Canada, leastways the European superstructure of buildings, roads and railways that lies atop the land of the first inhabitants. You need only see the . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: Dear Scotland: Do whatever you think is best … but remember, the Globe and Mail never has your interests at heart

Accidental Deliberations: On greatness

Plenty of commentators have pointed to Dean Beeby’s report on public consultations about Canada’s most inspiring people as evidence that Stephen Harper and his Cons couldn’t be much further from the mark. And that point is fair enough on its own.

But it’s worth noting something else as well: respondents to the Canadian Heritage Department’s . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: On greatness

Pushed to the Left and Loving It: Clearly Liberalism is Not Dead Though Conservatism May be On Life Support

When Stephen Harper was with the Reformers, promoting an American style conservative movement, he mocked Canada’s historic Conservative Party, because they boasted to be descended from Sir John A. MacDonald. “So what!” he said.

Recently the Harper government conducted a poll to determine the top ten Canadians who inspired us. From top to bottom:

. . . → Read More: Pushed to the Left and Loving It: Clearly Liberalism is Not Dead Though Conservatism May be On Life Support

Northern Reflections: Where Are The Big Ideas?

Murray Dobbins writes that none of our political parties are adopting big ideas. It’s not that they’re not out there. He points to the Alternative Budget which the Canadian Centre For Policy Alternatives has released in response to Jim Flaherty’s do nothing document:

The CCPA’s alternative budget replaces most of the revenue lost through . . . → Read More: Northern Reflections: Where Are The Big Ideas?

BigCityLib Strikes Back: Tommy Douglas…Commie?

Probably not, but according to Dennis Gruending the RCMP spied on the guy for decades without coming to any firm conclusion.  Didn’t they have some kind of test?  Like tie Tommy Douglas up with rope and throw him in the river and if he sinks he’s innocent?

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics: J’accuse! Thomas Mulcair’s treason and the Keystone XL Pipeline.

TweetThe rhetoric is running high this week with President Barack Obama expected to soon decide the fate of the controversial TransCanada Keystone XL Pipeline. In Washington D.C. last week, federal NDP leader Thomas Mulcair criticized the pipeline that would ship bitumen from Alberta’s oilsands to refineries in Texas. Mr. Mulcair also took the opportunity to . . . → Read More: daveberta.ca – Alberta politics: J’accuse! Thomas Mulcair’s treason and the Keystone XL Pipeline.

Cowichan Conversations: Several South American Countries Are Showing Us The Way Back To Democracy!

Richard Hughes-Political Blogger

 

Do you remember when Canada was seen as a friendly, socially progressive country? Well, perhaps not, but I will bet that your parents do.

We have lost ground and are now a reactionary anti-science- pro military, right wing led and controlled country. We are going backward actually and yet . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: Several South American Countries Are Showing Us The Way Back To Democracy!