Pushed to the Left and Loving It: Stephen Harper’s National Energy Program May Do More Damage Than OPEC

” I witnessed first-hand the movement of an economy from historic boom to deep recession in a matter of months. A radical, interventionist blueprint of economic nationalism, the NEP caused the oil industry to flee, businesses to close and the real estate market to crash. The lives of honest, hard-working Albertans were upended and I ...

Cowichan Conversations: Even if you have seen this before, it still will make you smile.

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Cowichan Conversations: North Cowichan Council Support Increased Super Tanker Traffic

Richard Hughes Political Blogger Hard to believe but North Cowichan Council turned down a motion objecting to the threat faced from increased oil and bitumen carrying tanker traffic along our coastlines. What are these people thinking? Moved by Kate Marsh, she had one other Councillor support her effort but it is hard to believe that ...

Pushed to the Left and Loving It: Americans Fear Their Election Could End up Like Canada’s. I Can Help

In the upcoming election, Barack Obama will not be challenged by the Republicans, who frankly have given up on even pretending to be politicians serving the public, but by the Super PACs.  Political Action Committees financed by wealthy corporations,  who are tired of democracy getting in their way. Remember that leaked 2006 CitiGroup memo that ...

Pushed to the Left and Loving It: American Magazine Calls Canada a Jingoistic Petro-State

Blogger Scott Tribe shared a link yesterday to an article that appeared in Slate magazine, which is owned by the Washington Post. Saudi Arabia. Nigeria. Venezuela. Canada? Is our neighbor to the north becoming a jingoistic petro-state? We think that Stephen Harper is only our problem, but like it or not, the rest of the ...

Pushed to the Left and Loving It: Newt Gingrich Thanks Harper for Being a Pro-American Conservative

Rick Santorum may get his fashion tips from Stephen Harper, but Newt Gingrich likes the whole package.  The first truly pro-American prime minister of Canada.  What’s not to love? What Newt doesn’t understand is the power of the people, who are just as determined to stop the Northern Gateway Pipeline, as they were the XL. ...

Pushed to the Left and Loving It: Moving Beyond Politics by Empowering the People

What if Environment Canada issued a tornado warning for your area?  And what if along with that warning they offered suggestions to keep you safe?  Things like moving into the basement; covering yourself with blankets and staying away from your windows.  You would certainly heed their advice, since it’s based on scientific knowledge. However, what if a ...

Pushed to the Left and Loving It: So This is Ethical Oil?

The American conservatives appear to be adopting, or at least sharing, tactics being used by the Canadian conservatives to get what they want.  Intimidation and corruption. The Republican controlled Congress is voting on a bill that would force President Obama to make a decision on TransCanada’s Keystone XL pipeline by November 1.  An unprecedented tactic that would remove the ...

Pushed to the Left and Loving It: Should We Be Concerned With Those Harper is Passing the Pipe With?

In 1911, the United States Supreme Court broke up Standard Oil, then the largest multinational corporation, because it was simply becoming too big and powerful.  The company’s battles with former president Teddy Roosevelt were legendary, as depicted in this 1906 Punch cartoon. Standard Oil New Jersey has since grown to become Exxon, so unfortunately the ...