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NDP MP Sana Hassainia quits party over position on Israel-Palestine conflict

Posted August 20, 2014 by Anonymous

Sana Hassainia, finira son mandat en tant que députée indépendante

C’est après une mûre réflexion que Sana Hassainia a décidé de quitter le NPD et de siéger en tant qu’indépendante jusqu’aux prochaines élections fédérales.

« La décision n’a pas été facile à prendre, même si cela fait des mois que j’y songe. Mon intention de quitter le NPD a été précipitée, entre autres, par les positions du Parti sur le conflit Israélo-palestinien ». Rappelons qu’après le début des violences en Israël, le NPD est passé par différentes positions.

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Dismantling the myth of Canada’s economic recovery

Posted August 20, 2014 by rabble staff
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Ever since the global meltdown of 2008, it’s been an article of faith in Canadian economics that we somehow handled the whole mess better than the rest of the world. No banks collapsed. Our recession, while painful, was not nearly as bad as America’s. Our deficits were smaller, and will disappear sooner. Not surprisingly, there’s a strong political aspect to that smug mindset: Federal Conservatives never tire of claiming credit for this supposedly superior performance.

Ever since the global meltdown of 2008, it’s been an article of faith in Canadian economics that we somehow handled the whole mess better than the rest of the world.

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Welcome to the oligopoly

Posted August 13, 2014 by MGK

So recently there has been a kerfuffle of sorts, because WWE announced they were bringing the WWE Network to Canada. Now, this should have been a slam dunk, no-miss proposition. Canada has always been a hotbed of wrestling fandom: obvious easy market, obvious profit. Right? Except that the WWE Network has partnered with Rogers Canada, […]

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Brandon Sage – running for LPCO VP of Organization

Posted August 5, 2014 by Scott Tribe

As you have read, I’ve been doing a series of interviews – some of them are with folks running for Liberal Party of Canada (Ontario) positions that will be decided in September at the LPCO convention. Today, I present an interview I did with Brandon Sage, who has decided to run for the VP of Organization. Thanks to Brandon for participating!

Could you tell the readers (and me!) what exactly the person who is the VP of Organization for the LPCO responsible for doing?

Preparing for elections. For me, that means preparing the party to win elections – and the best way to do that is to focus what [...]

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Upcoming interviews/campaign news from #LPCO, #Brant, etc

Posted July 29, 2014 by Scott Tribe

Yes, the blog has turned into a bit of an interview/campaign theme in the last bit, but that’s what happens when Parliament and the Ontario Legislature aren’t in session, and because I don’t wish to touch the Middle East Gaza morass with a 40 foot pole.

So, a couple of things in to mention:

- I will be having interviews upcoming with Kanata-Carleton Liberal nomination candidate Karen McCrimmon, as well as Brandon Sage, who is running to be the LPCO VP of Organization (upcoming meaning as soon as they get their replies to me).

- Staying on the LPCO front, I understand Jeff Jedras is again the lone person [...]

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Blog Interview with Michael Levitt – LPC candidate for York-Centre

Posted July 22, 2014 by Scott Tribe

Today, I’m publishing an interview I’ve done with Michael Levitt, who is the LPC candidate for York-Centre. This was the riding held by such Liberal stalwarts as Art Eggleton and Ken Dryden. Mr. Dryden was one of those who got swept away in the Liberal collapse in the 905 region of Ontario back in the ’11 election. It is currently held by Mark Adler for the Conservatives, and Mr. Levitt is going to be trying hard to return it to the LPC. Here are a series of questions I asked Mr. Levitt (who I had the pleasure of meeting in February at the Montreal Convention) and his responses. I thank [...]

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Andrew Coyne: We can’t realistically reform or abolish the Senate, but we can defang it

Posted July 18, 2014 by Andrew Coyne

It should be possible to enact one very specific reform: removing its power to defeat, obstruct or amend bills over the objections of the House of Commons

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Andrew Coyne: Now Mike Duffy has been charged, the truth about the government’s role can emerge

Posted July 17, 2014 by Andrew Coyne

Why were so many senior people in and around the government so utterly transfixed with paying Duffy’s falsely claimed expenses?

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Andrew Coyne: Judges rule to hold Parliament to its word, not to usurp its power

Posted July 16, 2014 by Andrew Coyne

Let’s try this again. All laws, not just constitutions or charters of rights, constrain government discretion. That’s the point

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Andrew Coyne: Federal transfer system not to blame for Ontario’s fiscal shortfall

Posted July 14, 2014 by Andrew Coyne

Not only have federal transfers to the province grown rapidly in recent years but they have grown as a share of all federal transfers

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Kate Holloway and Dan Fox for Toronto City Council; more endorsers for Danielle Takacs

Posted July 14, 2014 by Scott Tribe

A couple of items for you today. I don’t live in Toronto, so you might be wondering why I would endorse folks who are running for Toronto City Council. Quite simply, I’ve known Dan and Kate personally for a long time from their provincial and federal connections, and I count them as friends, so why wouldn’t I?

Dan Fox is who I’ll talk about first; I’ve previously mentioned him, but I’ll mention him again: he is running in Ward 24 against a city councillor who I understand voted for Rob Ford supported agenda items a fair bit. That makes me doubly want to see Dan get elected here. You’ll [...]

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Box Office Goes Bananas for Planet of the Apes!

Posted July 13, 2014 by Allan W Janssen

Well I said I was going to see the movie ……………………….. and I did! It turned out to be exactly what I figured it would be, no more and no less, and that’s O.K. with me! —————————————- Quebec Report! Why Quebec is closed for business: La Belle Province comes close to dead last in almost […]

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Interview with Tyler Banham – running to be LPCO President

Posted July 11, 2014 by Scott Tribe

I’ve had the chance to have an interview with Tyler, the current Executive VP of the LPCO, who recently announced he will be running for the LPCO President position. That will be voted on by delegates Sept 12-14 in Markham (the same convention will also elect LPCO VP of Communications – which Jeff Jedras is running for and who I endorsed last week)

I was curious about this position, what it entails, and why someone would want to run for it, so I asked Tyler for an interview, which he agreed to. I submitted 5 questions to him, and his replies are below (Note: I am neutral in this race [...]

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Give them a finger!

Posted July 10, 2014 by Allan W Janssen

Dear Readers: My dad used to say “give them a little finger, and they will take your whole arm!” This cute little quote can be used in a lot of situations, but two in particular come to mind this morning! The Gays and the French! First of all we mentioned that the LGTB community just […]

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407 – ‘Common Sense Revolution’ in action!

Posted July 9, 2014 by Allan W Janssen

Dear Readers, we got this in the mail today:: A lot of talk lately about what the provincial Liberals are going to do to Ontario now that they have a majority, but it can’t be any worse than what Mike Harris did to us back in may of 1999! The Common Sense Revolution in action: […]

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World Cup Soccer invaded by giant crickets!

Posted July 6, 2014 by Allan W Janssen

It’s time for Fifa World Cup Soccer news, kids! Host Brazil is moving on to the semifinals of the World Cup after beating fellow heavyweight Colombia 2-1 in a game that had its share of suspect calls. As Matthew Cowley noted there were a total of 51 fouls in this match, which made the whole […]

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Endorsed candidates – news for a #Brant one, and a new LPCO one!

Posted July 4, 2014 by Scott Tribe

I was very pleased to receive an email from Jeff Jedras – a Liberal blogger compatriot and friend of mine who has long blogged at A BC’er in Toronto, and who has announced he will be seeking the position of vice-president, communications of the Liberal Party of Canada (Ontario):

I have watched with concern and frustration at the growing disengagement of Canadians with federal politics — a trend encouraged and exploited by the Harper government. I believe we can and must reverse this trend, and it begins with giving Liberal activists across Ontario — you and me — the tools we need to bring our fellow citizens back into the [...]

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Andrew Coyne: Stephen Harper’s Canada Day speech the latest volley in pointless history wars

Posted July 2, 2014 by Andrew Coyne

Surely it is possible to honour both sides of our selves, in a country so accustomed to duality. Surely our history is distinguished both by war-making and by peacekeeping

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Happy Canada Day!

Posted July 2, 2014 by Allan W Janssen

A lot of talk in the local, and national media about moving the July 1st holiday to the nearest weekend! Great Idea: We need long weekends in May, June, July, August and September, folks! (And then a mini-vacation between Christmas and New year!)http://www.stthomastimesjournal.com/2014/07/02/should-canada-day-remain-july-1-or-nearest-weekend-to-that-date ————————————————————— Cattle rustling is alive and well in S.W. Ontario, folks!THIS GUY […]

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July 1, 2014 — A Great Day for Canada, as you like it, and a toast to next year in a Canadian republic

Posted June 30, 2014 by Counterweights Editors

The grandfather of one of we (various and intermittent) counterweights editors used to say that it was “A Great Day for Canada” on his own birthday. And it has long seemed to us that there is something quite admirably as well as agonizingly Canadian about this kind of practice. In any case, with July 1, [...]

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A “view” of the future!

Posted June 30, 2014 by Allan W Janssen

Ladies and Gentlemen, the Perspective Research Department has done an extensive inquiry into the future of the “Google Glasses” and come up with a very probable scenario for these marvels of modern technology! Do ya remember Geordi’s visor on Star Trek? They will look something like that, only have what appears to be plain glass […]

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To hell with pipelines, let’s transport by rail!

Posted June 29, 2014 by Allan W Janssen

Public interest in what is trundling by rail past their homes has ignited in the wake of the July 6, 2013, derailment in Lac-Megantic, Que., when a runaway oil train skipped the tracks and exploded, killing 47 people. That’s right folks, we need to keep the Environmentalists happy! Let’s not build any more pipelines ………………………., […]

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Andrew Coyne: Ontario PCs should move the political centre to where they are

Posted June 23, 2014 by Andrew Coyne

Kathleen Wynne defines where the political centre is today, just as Mike Harris did in his day — not by watering down their policies, but by winning elections

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A Royal Pain!

Posted June 22, 2014 by Allan W Janssen

Oh the burden of being ROYALTY! The monarchy has defended the cost of refurbishing a Kensington Palace apartment for Prince William, his wife Catherine and their baby son Prince George. A royal spokesman did not confirm the seven-figure cost — reportedly at £4 million — for repairs and refurbishments, but said the royal couple had […]

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Andrew Coyne: Hiring foreign workers in Canada is a crime, but outsourcing overseas is fine

Posted June 20, 2014 by Andrew Coyne

The government will not forbid a manufacturer from moving his plant overseas, or demand he show what efforts he made to employ Canadians

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Andrew Coyne: How the opposition can beat the Tories in 2015 despite a strong economy

Posted June 20, 2014 by Andrew Coyne

In more than 50 years, no majority government has been defeated when the unemployment rate is below 7% — as it is now

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Andrew Coyne: No, Mr. Mulcair, it’s not Northern Gateway that is a threat to our social order

Posted June 18, 2014 by Andrew Coyne

Governments are obliged to act within the law — to follow due process, to consult as required, etc. But so are their opponents

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“Assholes of the Day!”

Posted June 18, 2014 by Allan W Janssen

Two! Count ‘em, Two for the price of one! The Government announced the approval of the Northern Gateway pipeline yesterday, which means thousands of jobs and billions of dollars pumped into our economy …., and both Tom Mulcair and Justin Trudeau came out against it! For playing politics, and jeopardizing the economic health of Canada, […]

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Man stunned, but doesn’t go down!

Posted June 16, 2014 by Allan W Janssen

Nova Scotia Report: A 48-year-old Halifax man will appear in court to face charges today after police first used a stun gun on the suspect …, and then tackled him during an arrest. Staff Sgt. Reid McCoombs says Halifax police responded to a call on Sunday evening alleging the suspect was threatening to shoot another […]

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Post Election Pride

Posted June 14, 2014 by Lyn Brown

I left work extra late Thursday and it was only when I was whipping down the highway that I remembered it was election day — AND I ONLY HAD 40 MINUTES UNTIL THE POLLS CLOSED. I panicked. I knew I had to get there – every vote counts – absolutely. Neve…

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Andrew Coyne: The Ontario election was a referendum on fiscal conservatism. Fiscal conservatism lost

Posted June 13, 2014 by Andrew Coyne

The public were presented with a clear choice: cut spending or increase it, cut taxes or raise them, borrow less or borrow more, and in every case chose the latter

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We got trouble in River City Folks!

Posted June 12, 2014 by Allan W Janssen

Folks, this is wrong on so many levels that I hardly know where to begin! Why this wasn’t one of the main election issues is totally beyond me, but then again, people just seem naturally reticent about asking for my opinion about stuff………, and that’s why I started this “Blog!” SO! How do I begin? […]

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Andrew Coyne: Betting the farm on swing votes

Posted June 9, 2014 by Andrew Coyne

This explains, too, why parties do not campaign across the province, but only in ‘key’ ridings. It’s all a matter of incentives

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Gun Size Tied to Dick Size?

Posted June 8, 2014 by Allan W Janssen

Well, folks, we finally did it! The Perspective Research Department, along with the Naked News staff, have finally found a direct correlation between guns and dick size! After years of study and conjecture, we began to realize that men in the NRA had a unusual, and unhealthy fascination ………, no, let’s make that OBSESSION, with […]

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Andrew Coyne: We once had to wait weeks for a new Harper abuse of power. Now we’re getting them two or three a day

Posted June 6, 2014 by Andrew Coyne

It is a kind of tribute to the prime minister that so many of his appointees have proved so disruptive of his designs

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Saturday Morning Confusion: Carey / Carney (?) to quit!

Posted May 30, 2014 by Allan W Janssen

Carey / Carney to quit! Folks, we have received a report here at the Blogs Canada Research Center, and the Perspective Naked News Department, that either Jim Carey, or Jim Carney, is about to quit. Because of poor communication, and computer problems, we don’t know if Jim is quitting the movie business, or politics ………….! […]

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Not all holes are assholes, but some are!

Posted May 29, 2014 by Allan W Janssen

Kimberley Big Hole – South Africa – Apparently the largest ever hand-dug excavation in the world, this 1,097 meter deep mine yielded over 3 tons of diamonds, before being closed. Folks: These holes are not only amazing, but some are really terrifying – Especially the final one ! The sheer scale of these holes reminds […]

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Omar sued for $50 million!

Posted May 23, 2014 by Allan W Janssen

The Perspective Research Department has just learned that the widow of the soldier Omar Khadr KILLED, is suing our much maligned and misunderstood [sic] young freedom fighter for 50 million bucks! Personally, we think this is a great idea…….., the only problem is, HOW THE HELL WILL SHE EVER COLLECT? ————————————————– There is a new […]

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Saturday Morning Confusion: The Naked Truth!

Posted May 17, 2014 by Allan W Janssen

Seems the politically correct crowd has raised another bullshit issue that has me more confused on this Saturday morning than ever before! A bunch of kindergarten kids were out in the yard playing and they got into some water and proceeded to get soaking wet! (These are 4 and 5 year old kids, folks!) Rather […]

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Saturday Morning Confusion: It’s all politics to me!

Posted April 26, 2014 by Allan W Janssen

Folks, while it has never been a gentleman’s game, at least politics was practiced with a certain degree of civility and decorum in the past. MY HOW THINGS HAVE CHANGED! It just occurred to me this morning that the veneer of respectability in politics is not only long gone, but despite the apparent differences, there […]

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