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Barbara Kay: ‘Rape culture’ fanatics don’t know what a culture is

Here, where women are socially and legally equal to men, official sympathy for rape victims at every institutional level has created a climate so overwhelmingly sympathetic to female victims of sexual abuse that the emerging cultural danger is injustice to falsely alleged perpetrators.

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Rob Ford: Why does the term “white trash” keep coming to mind?

Posted April 10, 2014 by Allan W Janssen

The more I hear about Rob Ford, the more the term “white trash” comes to mind! One of the first members of Rob Ford’s campaign team is the co-host of an online marijuana show, High F—ers, in which he smokes joints until he vomits, tells profane stories while high, and dedicates his drug use to […]

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Canada’s Opaque Transparency – An Open Data Failure

Posted March 4, 2014 by David Eaves

Yesterday, at the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada’s (PDAC) Canada Minister of Natural Resource, Joe Oliver, announced with great fanfare a new initiative to compel mining companies to disclose payments of over $100,000′s to foreign and domestic governments. On the surface this looks like a win for transparency, particularly for a sector that is of […]

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Thanks to memo, Albertans know it wasn’t just Alison Redford with entitlement issues

Posted April 24, 2014 by djclimenhaga

Albertans owe Thomas Lukaszuk a small gesture of thanks for illustrating it’s not just Alison Redford who had the problem with entitlement.

Surely it’s a sense of entitlement that drives the attitude, all too typical among members of Alberta’s still-ruling Progressive Conservative elite, that the rules are for everyone else.

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A neat site to track Liberal nominees in ridings across Canada: LiberalReboot.ca

Posted March 19, 2014 by Scott Tribe

LiberalReboot.ca is a pretty neat, fairly new site I was made aware of, and it’s very ambitious:

This website is intended to be a database for Liberals and Liberal supporters to find the aspiring candidates in their ridings, and for aspiring candidates to contact and work together in building this new chapter of the Liberal Party of Canada and, we hope, the next chapter of Canada itself.

You can pick out each province and find ridings and see if anyone has declared to be running for the nomination in that riding. You’ll note that there are lots of gaps in the number of ridings, particularly in provinces outside of Ontario [...]

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Fredericton Morgentaler Clinic Forced To Close. How You Can Help.

Posted April 10, 2014 by Anonymous

by Jarrah Hodge Today the Morgentaler Clinic in Fredericton, New Brunswick announced it will be forced to close its doors at the end of July, after a 20-year long battle with the provincial and federal governments to get the funding it should be entitled to under the Canada Health Act. This will seriously jeopardize the […]

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Andrew Coyne on Marc Nadon: Flaky Supreme Court ruling meets dubious appointment

Posted March 24, 2014 by Andrew Coyne

As with other recent controversies, this isn’t just a matter of Stephen Harper’s judgment, but of a system that trusts so much to one person’s discretion

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Tom Flanagan and Pierre Karl Péladeau loom as Quebec campaign starts up

Posted March 11, 2014 by Citizen X

I want to hang in for a moment longer with my colleague Frank Bunting’s allusion to Hugh Segal’s wisdom on Quebec last week. The Quebec provincial election campaign of 2014 has only just begun. But already I feel I have to keep trying hard to remember what Senator Segal said early in 2012 : “If, [...]

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Andrew Coyne: Nigel Wright was cleared but many questions remain over Mike Duffy affair

Posted April 16, 2014 by Andrew Coyne

Just because no charges have been laid — against Wright: Mr. Duffy was given no such assurance — does not mean nothing happened here, or that it wasn’t wrong

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Good luck to Dan Fox running for TO City Council (Ward 24) in Willowdale.

Posted March 24, 2014 by Scott Tribe

I don’t often do links to municipal candidates, particularly City of Toronto ones, despite the amusing circus that occasionally provides, but I’m making an exception for Dan Fox, who is an active Liberal in federal politics, but has decided to go a different route and will try to get elected to TO City Council in Ward 24:

I think that the Toronto City Council has put sound bites and politics ahead of the need of the people of Toronto. Budget gimmicks have replaced building and maintaining a healthy city infrastructure. Photo opportunities have a higher priority than fiscal responsibility. Immediate gratification has replaced long-term vision and planning. It’s time to [...]

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The only progressive in the TO Mayor race is Olivia Chow

Posted March 17, 2014 by Scott Tribe

Municipal politics are an interesting political arena. You have much more of a political ideological mix here, which you don’t necessarily have for the federal or provincial arenas. So it is for the Toronto Mayor race.

All the political candidates lean right-of-centre, with the exception of one candidate; that would be Olivia Chow, ex-NDP MP of Toronto’s Trinity-Spadina riding, and of course, the widow and wife of Jack Layton, former NDP leader. From where I sit, the choice for political progressives (which includes left of centre “liberal” Liberals) is obvious; Olivia Chow should be the choice of those voters; as there is no one else in this bunch that [...]

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The new Liberal majority in Quebec — will Philippe Couillard (and the rest of us) hear the deeper message????

Posted April 8, 2014 by Counterweights Editors

No partisan of the Canadian future can fail to admire the practical political judgment of the people of Quebec in their April 7, 2014 provincial election, for seats in the Assemblée nationale in Quebec City. Strictly in terms of seats the current results, just after midnight on the Globe and Mail site, are :  LIBERAL [...]

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Andrew Coyne: Parti Québécois campaign floundering while separatist vote fragments

Posted March 21, 2014 by Andrew Coyne

Unable, or unwilling, to regain the votes lost to its left, the party under Pauline Marois has instead reached out to its right

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Andrew Coyne: Fair Elections Act proof the Conservatives are no normal government

Posted March 28, 2014 by Andrew Coyne

This is how you get to 28% in the polls: when every criticism is only further proof that you’re right

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The Senate’s proposed amendments to election bill are a facade.

Posted April 17, 2014 by Scott Tribe

The committee in the Senate designed to look at the (un)Fair Elections Act – Bill C-23 – tried to come across as dramatically wanting to amend this bill….it came up with 9 proposed amendments that were unanimously agreed to. That got initial press coverage as saying the Conservative-dominated Senate was being independent and defying the Conservative government. However, when one took a look at the minority report from the Independent/Liberal caucus that the Conservatives would not sign on to (such as continuing to allow vouching, allowing Elections Canada to encourage voter participation etc) and more importantly, when Pierre Poliviere came out and welcomed/praised the amendments, one immediately smelled a rat.

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Politicians afraid of the abortion debate – But are Canadians?

Posted February 9, 2013 by Gordon Cawsey

Many of Canada’s elected representatives are scared to death of the abortion debate, Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Federal minister for the Status of Women Rona Ambrose among them.  Both are on record as saying that Canadians don’t want this d…

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Andrew Coyne: Marois’ PQ joins ranks of those who would use notwithstanding clause to block minority rights

Posted March 31, 2014 by Andrew Coyne

The great irony of the PQ availing itself of the clause is that it was part of the same 1982 package of constitutional amendments the party has ever since denounced

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Andrew Coyne: Pauline Marois’ vision of independence looks an awful lot like dependence

Posted March 12, 2014 by Andrew Coyne

Pauline Marois has been describing a world after separation in which almost nothing would change. There would be no border controls. Quebecers could keep their Canadian passports. They’d even keep the dollar

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This Is My Rally Cry: #NBProchoice

Posted April 19, 2014 by Anonymous

by Kathleen Pye. Originally posted at Fem2pt0. Cross-posted with the author’s permission. It takes a special kind of person to work at an Abortion Clinic. You need to possess just the right combination of kindness and compassion, combined with courage, determination, and a whole lot of humility. Not something you can put on a resume, […]

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Enough of the Economic Action Plan ads, buy Canadians a Tims instead

Posted February 19, 2013 by Gordon Cawsey

Sick of all those ads for the Harper government’s Economic Action Plan?  You know what I’m talking about, the never ending spots telling Canadians what a great job the federal government is doing in building prosperity.  Its ironic that their…

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I have faith in Quebec voters….

Posted April 1, 2014 by Scott Tribe

… to recognize the dog-whistles coming out of the PQ for what they are.. and not allow wedge politics and narrow-mindedness to rule the day. The PQ has fallen into out and out panic mode, accusing the Liberal leader Couillard of more or less abandoning Quebecois, merely because he supports bilingualism.. and I don’t need to repeat the ridiculousness coming out of their various members over the Values Charter. A slight majority of francophone voters may support it, but I think they got scared off when the extreme separatist elements (see Pierre-Karl Peladeau – the head of Quebecor Media – better known as the owners of the rabid Sun Newspapers [...]

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Key current campaigns : Olivia Chow, Alex Mazer, and Richard Underhill in Toronto, and Tim Hortons in Quebec

Posted March 18, 2014 by Randall White

At least some people are talking about how interesting the Quebec provincial election campaign has suddenly become. See, eg : “Marois says rest of Canada would be welcome to visit independent Quebec” ; “Independent Quebec would keep Canadian dollar, Marois says” ; “Marois tells Canada not to be afraid of Quebec election outcome” ; “Naked [...]

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A victory for federalism and tolerance in Quebec..

Posted April 8, 2014 by Scott Tribe

…and 2 free dinners won from political bets for me from political colleagues (one on a majority, the 2nd on the number of seats won) All in all, a great night last night.

Postscript: My 1 won bet was with Jim Calder, blogger at the Progressive Right, and one of my helpers at Progressive Bloggers when we go on political convention road trips to help get pictures up at the site. I’m sure we’ll be turning this (as we did last October, when I soundly beat him on a Tim Hudak bet) into an informal blogger/political social media folks get together – likely in Toronto, and I’m leaning towards May. [...]

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Sunday Religious Stuff # 28

Posted January 19, 2014 by Allan W Janssen

Religious freedom ambassador not worried about ‘push back’ from abroad! By Lee Berthiaume, Postmedia News OTTAWA — Andrew Bennett admits some foreign governments don’t necessarily like what he has to say. Since being named Canada’s first ambassador for religious freedom in March, Bennett has publicly criticized Egypt for failing to protect Coptic Christians, condemned Iran’s […]

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Québec considers lowering voting age to 16?

Posted January 29, 2013 by Gordon Cawsey
Recent news is suggesting that Québec Premier Pauline Marois is intrigued with the thought of extending voting rights to 16 and 17 year olds.  -CTV STORY HERE-
Québec’s first minister was in Scotland recently, where a vote on independence will take place in 2014.  Scotland will be allowing 16 and 17 year old citizens to vote in a referendum on separation.  There are many who consider the PQ’s popularity among the youth of Québec to be strong, I am one of them, so extending voting rights to a younger demographic certainly makes sense in that light.
But what about the rest of our democracy?  Should our political parties consider giving high school students a say in more than just voting during a Québec referendum, but in other elections as well?
Teenagers voting???  Gimme a….wait a minute, this makes sense.
Think about it.  All you basically need to vote in Canada is a birth certificate saying you’re over 18 and a pulse, that’s pretty much it.  It doesn’t matter if you can’t name even  three of Canada’s ten provinces, or if you think the Prime Minister of our country is George Washington Lincoln Gretzky, here’s a ballot go mark your X. 
Why shouldn’t older teenagers be given a say in determining Canada’s future, be it at the federal, provincial, regional, or municipal level…oh yeah, let’s not forget school boards.  Damn this country is so over governed.
If a 90 year old who is likely departing this world in the next few years has the legal right to vote, why not someone who in all likelihood will be contributing to Canadian society for the next fifty years or more?

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I am busy like jurmalism

Posted March 26, 2014 by MGK

Over at Torontoist, I have written a bandwagon-jumper’s guide to the Toronto Raptors and also participated in the fact-check for the first televised Toronto mayoral debate.

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You are reading the blog of a potentially disenfranchised voter….

Posted April 6, 2014 by Scott Tribe

…if Bill C23 passes in it’s current form. I may be one of those Canadians (potentially 4 million of us, according to Canadian election law experts) who may not be allowed to vote, if Bill C23 passes in its current unaltered form. Why is that?: Well, I don’t have a Driver’s License (by choice), and my other government issued ID’s do not include my current address, and vouching (which I’ve never had to use before, I might add) is also going to be removed.

This “39 pieces of ID is more then reasonable” argument, that Democratic Reform Minister Pierre Poilievre an his Conservative Party members trots out all the [...]

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How to tell if you’re Canadian!

Posted February 2, 2014 by Allan W Janssen

Guest post by Damien Ponech and John Bayko In the same month my little e-mailman, dodging the e-dogs, brought not one but two Canadian culture tests. With the authors’ consent I’ve combined them. Both are English Canadian; there is a separate Québecois culture test. Items identical to the American test are in grey. Damien was […]

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Christie Blatchford: Rob Ford did nothing ‘wrong’? He may have done nothing criminal, but that’s hardly the same thing

Posted April 3, 2014 by Christie Blatchford

And despite what the Mayor may think, it’s still very possible that he could be charged at some point

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Andrew Coyne: Even pro-spending politicians no longer dare to dream of raising taxes

Posted March 26, 2014 by Andrew Coyne

If the public declines to cough up more, it may be they simply want more evidence they are getting value for their existing contributions

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New Brunswickers Rally for Choice

Posted April 21, 2014 by Anonymous

by Sorcha Beirne April 10th was a sad day for many New Brunswickers, as the Morgentaler Clinic announced it’s plans to close in July due to lack of government funding during an early morning press conference. This was an announcement that many knew would have to come someday, as the provincial government had been refusing […]

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Let’s Invade the Turks and Caicos Islands!

Posted February 20, 2014 by Allan W Janssen

The Turks and Caicos Islands lie southeast of Mayaguana in the Bahamas island chain and north of the island of Hispaniola. Cockburn Town, the capital since 1766, is situated on Grand Turk Island about 1,042 kilometres (647 mi) east-southeast of Miami, United States. The islands have a total land area of 430 square kilometres (170 sq mi).[b] They […]

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The next step in “Political Correctness” is here!

Posted April 6, 2014 by Allan W Janssen

Folks, we got trouble in River City! Or at least in the University of River city! For any of you that thought “political correctness” was stupid, GET A LOAD OF THIS! University students have come up with an even more bizarre and asinine concept called “TRIGGER WARNINGS!” (That’s right kids, from now on, anytime a […]

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Andrew Coyne: The Tories were right to be nervous. Marc Mayrand shredded their ‘Fair Elections Act’ almost line by line

Posted March 7, 2014 by Andrew Coyne

Perhaps each measure would not seem so troubling on its own; nor even would the whole if the government did not seem so intent on smuggling it into law

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Andrew Coyne: It might not actually be the richest middle-class on the planet, but Canada certainly isn’t struggling

Posted April 23, 2014 by Andrew Coyne

This isn’t just a story of American decline, in other words. It is a story of Canadian success

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If Justin Trudeau really needs a policy risk — what about citizen assemblies on the British monarchy in Canada?

Posted February 22, 2014 by Counterweights Editors

The Liberal Party of Canada has some reasons for feeling good  at its Montreal convention this weekend.  (Eg : “Majority says it’s ‘time for another federal party to take over’: poll” ; “More Canadians share Justin Trudeau’s values: poll” ; and “Liberals open wider lead over Conservatives: poll.”) Two members of CBC TV’s most widely [...]

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Conservative logic: Promoting high turnout/ensuring fair election is a conflict?

Posted April 9, 2014 by Scott Tribe

That’s what Conservative Senator Linda Frum seems to think: (for lack of a better term). Some twitter tweets give her position quite clearly:

“Elections Canada role is to administer fair elections. Not to motivate. Not to induce. More integrity when mission is clear cut.”

and this, as a reply to an incredulous Bruce Anderson wanting a followup to reading this:

“Elections Canada should not have a vested interest in recording a high voter turnout. That’s a conflict”

The ONLY way you get to that conclusion for Senator Frum, and I presume other Conservatives like Harper and Poilievre, who obviously feel the same way -otherwise they’d never have stuck this provision [...]

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Veterans are outraged. Now they need to do what they once did best. Lead. Part 2.

Posted February 3, 2014 by Dave

There is a commonly held misconception that all members of Canada’s armed services and, by extension, discharged veterans are Conservative supporters. That, of course, is simply not true on more than one plane.

What is true, is that many voted for Har…

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Harper and the taste for war

Posted April 24, 2014 by rabble staff
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Thursday, April 24, 2014

Peacekeepers Memorial. Photo: Bob Linsdell/flickr

In this skill-testing exercise, see if you can spot the one who doesn’t belong:

-  Patrick Brazeau

-  Mike Duffy

-  Douglas Roche

-  Pamela Wallin

Long-time Ottawa observers will have figured out that Douglas Roche is the one least likely to appear in an RCMP line-up. Certainly he has few of the behavioural traits we’ve come to associate with Conservative senators (even though he was one from 1998 to 2004).

Under Harper, Ottawa has shown an enthusiasm for the institution of war, making something of a fetish out of celebrating Canada’s war history and pumping up our military spending.

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