I always knew he was dangerous. And that madness ran in his family.I knew the first Harper to arrive in Canada had to removed from office for “violent and oppressive measures vindictive beyond all reason.”I knew one of his grandfathers committed suicide, and that he was prone to violent rages, and frightening bouts of depression.But today Stephen Harper finally went over the deep end.Read more »
The Harper government blew $700,000 fighting a Charter-based class-action lawsuit filed by former Canadian Forces members who were injured in Afghanistan.
The post SHAME: Harper spend $700,000 fighting injured veterans’ justified lawsuit appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.
It has been so inspiring to see the Greek people reject austerity and vote in a government committed to radical change. And what is so radical about Syriza? They want to do something pretty much no other government on the planet has committed to: put people first.Given the drastic impacts of the austerity program imposed on Greece, it is not surprising to see people so fervently reject yet more of the same. One quarter are unemployed, and of those still with work, average earnings have plummeted. It is frightening to imagine one’s own household with one lost job and (Read more…)
Read here, and decide for yourself: In order to reach high effectiveness rates, hormonal contraceptives rely on two main mechanisms: prevention of the fertilization of a woman’s egg (prefertilization effect), and prevention of the implantation of an embryo by the modification of the lining of the uterus (postfertilization effect). The second mechanism is what we’re […]
The anniversary of Canada’s Roe v. Wade is today. 27 years since the Morgentaler decision. No cheering here, but that means ProWomanProLife is seven. Mike Schouten of We Need a Law addresses what the decision did and did not say. Abortion defenders enjoy referencing Justice Bertha Wilson – the first woman appointed to Canada’s Supreme Court. […]
Here’s an interesting bit of the process the NSA and partners are going about tracking your online activities so they can link everything you do that isn’t encrypted and disassociated from your IP address and social profiles online, to you personally. LEVITATION has been watching you, most certainly.
Every RT of #BellLetsTalk will be tracked by the #NSA & its partners like CSEC while Bell gives some money to assuage its corporate guilt.
— Saskboy K. (@saskboy) January 28, 2015
Connecting back to my last post, today is a big day for online, hashtag activism: #BellLetsTalk day. For every tweet tagged with the hashtag, Bell will donate 5 cents towards mental health services.
It’s a good cause to raise awareness and start discussions towards mental health, but it is take a critical eye towards what is also a giant PR campaign for a huge teleco. I don’t discourage people from tweeting with the hashtag, but I also encourage people to find and share some people with critical views on it, and make sure that we talk about mental health (Read more…)
Right wingers want to pay no tax. It’s hard to bleat about that in public without sounding like the greedy, selfish people they are. Instead, they say that public sector workers are paid too much, and that we should privatize everything. THAT way, governments get to starve themselves to the point where they collect virtually … Continue reading You Deserve Better Wages and Benefits →
“The thing about the Port Mann Bridge is people start using it–and they love it, because it saves so much of their time that they would otherwise be driving and they can spend with their family for example or get … Continue reading →
Today is a terrible day for gender equity in sports. What it looks like is either continued sexism, or increased anti-feminist backlash against women who have been asserting their human rights to safety and dignity around the world. Female World Cup soccer players have to play on plastic artificial turf while the men have played … Continue reading MORE Sexism Against Female Canadian Athletes! →
Vaughn Palmer thinks readers should be reminded of past NDP sins so he offers Gordon Campbell’s words from 2001:
“Under the New Democratic Party, BC Hydro has been viewed as little more than a cash cow for the government,” declared Opposition leader and soon-to-be premier Gordon Campbell on the eve of the 2001 election campaign.
“Since the NDP was elected, it has siphoned almost $2.5 billion out of BC Hydro into general revenue. This is $2.5 billion that could have gone to reducing the debt of BC Hydro, into the construction of new generation facilities, or been left in the pockets of customers.”
Shocking, isn’t it. Kudos to Vaughn Palmer for providing key facts.
He gives this additional information:
Turns out Hydro has paid $5.4 billion in dividends to the province since 1992, of which 60 per cent — or $3.2 billion — had to be borrowed.
Presuming Hydro had been able to use that money to offset its own borrowing needs, the Crown corporation’s current debt ($15.4 billion and counting) would be that much smaller and the upward pressure on rates from interest payments would be reduced as well.
However, that turns out to be a rewording of government press notes and it is not entirely accurate. Since 2001, BC Hydro payments to government total almost $10 billion and it does not take a graduate degree in finance to know, had that money not been paid out, the crown corporation’s borrowings would be reduced by the same amount. It is an illogical fiction to pretend that only $3.2 billion had to be borrowed to make payments to government during the past 23 years.
Mind you Palmer could also have reported that when Glen Clark became Premier, BC Hydro’s long-term debt was $7.496 billion and, when he left the office three years later, it was $7.474 billion. When Christy Clark became Premier, the utility’s debt was $11.712 billion. According to the September 2014 financial statements, the debt was $16.588 billion, not the lesser amount from ten months ago noted on the BC Liberal’s press notes.
That’s a 42% increase in long-term debt of BC Hydro, but the amount is chump change compared to borrowings planned in the next few years and the over $50 billion increase in contractual commitments to private power producers, which were non-existent during the days of Glen Clark’s profligacy.
Another illustration of the different approaches to debt and spending during different times follows. It should be noted that quarterly statements of BC Hydro in the current fiscal year show long-term debt rising at a monthly rate of $171.5 million. That is the fastest ever rate of growth in BC Hydro debt.
Liberal policies aim to eliminate elements of a progressive tax system to impose the financial burden of government on lower and middle income citizens. Had BC Hydro been able to use the “dividends” and water rentals extracted from it by government, the utility could have eliminated the tier-1 residential rate for the first 1,350 kWh used over an average two-month billing period. Instead, residents are hit with increases well above the rate of inflation. This is reflected graphically but not show is the 28% rate increase announced in 2014. 9% took effect April 2014, which will cause another upward move when the numbers for fiscal year 2015 are added.
Dropping the irony, I can say this Palmer article leaves me thinking the newspaper’s masthead could accurately describe the Vancouver Sun purpose to be,
Comfort the comfortable and afflict the afflicted.
Maybe I’ll suggest it to Vaughn if I see him entertaining Liberals at some corporate speaking engagement or encounter him resting in a quiet pasture.
|H/T Rob S.|
Forget the Charlie Hebdo attacks, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev should worry about “death-qualifying” the jury.
2014 was the deadliest year of domestic violence in British Columbia in the last half decade, with at least 14 women murdered as a result of domestic violence. It’s long been recognized that women facing domestic violence rarely report to the police or otherwise reach out for help. Unfortunately little has been done to address […]
When you have time to think and assess life, ever wonder what you can do to make the world a better place? I’m not talking about massive changes—unless you want to, of course. But what manageable steps can we take […]
Manitoba’s Wait List Autism Crisis
One example of the checkerboard pattern of ABA service for autistic children in Canada is Manitoba as reported in the CBC article Autistic children’s families frustrated by therapy wait-list:
History of the Struggle for A REAL National Autism Strategy
The struggle for a REAL National Autism Strategy is summarized following from a commentary on this site on March 29, 2014:
History of the Struggle for a REAL National Autism Strategy in the Maritimes
Andy Scott Fredericton NB MP, Peter Stoffer NS MP, Shawn Murphy PEI MP, Senator Jim Munson NB
Here in the Maritime provinces we took a political approach to developing a national autism strategy with the NB efforts in which I was personally involved beginning in 2001, primarily by many discussions with our Fredericton MP, the late Andy Scott. In 2003 Andy Scott, made a public commitment in 2003 to work toward a National Autism Strategy at a tribute to his 10 years of service as an MP at the Boyce Famers’ Market, an event I attended and reported on to the members of the Family Autism Centre for Education (FACE):
Andy did answer the call on behalf of autistic Canadians and actively pushed for a National Autism Strategy which he ultimately realized with the passage of Motion M-172. However, the motion was essentially a commitment in principle with few obligations being undertaken by our federal government but it did help put autism on our national agenda and it was Andy Scott being Andy … getting done what could get done … with a view to moving forward further in future. One of the specific items that the federal government did commit to in the motion was a national surveillance program, a program that would tell us how many Canadians now suffer from autism disorders. It is a commitment that has still not been honored 8 years later.
Andy Scott himself did continue the fight as demonstrated in his June 5, 2007 statement in the House of Commons:
Hon. Andy Scott (Fredericton, Lib.):
Mr. Speaker, it is regrettable that we have seen little action by the government toward implementing a national autism strategy.
It has been more than a year since I introduced Motion No. 172. My private member’s motion called for evidence based standards, innovative funding arrangements for diagnosis, treatment and research, and a national surveillance program.
The motion was adopted in good faith and supported by the government. However, it was very disappointing to see no reference to a national autism strategy in the recent budget or any discussion this spring.
Recently, I joined my colleagues from Charlottetown and Sackville—Eastern Shore and Senator Munson at a rally in Halifax that reinforced that there are families with autistic children across Canada who need the government’s help.
The Conservatives should move off their default position of jurisdictional excuses, show creativity and compassion and start helping these Canadians.”
Jean Lewis, FEAT-BC, Medicare for Autism Now!
MR. MURPHY (Charlottetown)
1st Session, 39th Parliament,
55 Elizabeth II, 2006
HOUSE OF COMMONS OF CANADA
An Act to provide for the development of a
national strategy for the treatment of
autism and to amend the Canada Health
Her Majesty, by and with the advice and
consent of the Senate and House of Commons
of Canada, enacts as follows:
1. This Act may be cited as the National
Strategy for the Treatment of Autism Act.
2. The Minister of Health shall, before
December 31, 2006, convene a conference of
all provincial and territorial ministers responsible
for health for the purpose of working
together to develop a national strategy for the
treatment of autism. The Minister shall, before
December 31, 2007, table a report in both
Houses of Parliament specifying a plan of action
developed in collaboration with the provincial
and territorial ministers for the purpose of
implementing that strategy.
AMENDMENTS TO THE CANADA
3. Section 2 of the Canada Health Act is
renumbered as subsection 2(1) and is
amended by adding the following:
(2) For the purposes of this Act, services
that are medically necessary or required under
this Act include Applied Behavioural Analysis
(ABA) and Intensive Behavioural Intervention
(IBI) for persons suffering from Autism Spectrum
This week’s topic: Does the massacre in Paris justify further expansion of spy powers in Canada? In the days since the terrorist attack in Paris, I’m concerned about how this is all unfolding as I look at the response from … Continue reading →
To end 2014 off on a high note, Redbook released some of its cover interview with Big Bang Theory star, Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting. Cuoco-Sweeting, 29, had some choice comments about feminism and the internet responded with its usual vitriol. The magazine […]
|Den Tandt: Muclair cannot count|
So, what will our next federal government look like? Today is the last day of the year 2014, and most commentators have hidden their heads in the sand rather than venture a public guess.
In an article in the National Post he forecasts a minority government for Stephen Harper, without any attempt by the two opposition parties – which combined will have more MPs than the Tory minority government – to vote him out in a no-confidence vote.
“The reason is simply that the current crop of New Democrats and Liberals viscerally dislike and mistrust each other … Given his druthers, Mr. Mulcair will be inclined to keep Mr. Harper in power, with concessions, rather than allow Mr. Trudeau to road-test himself as prime minister.”
Mulcair only has to look to what happened with the LibDems in the UK, and with Horwath’s NDP in Ontario, to have second thoughts about supporting Harper for a mess of pottage.
James Delingpole and Milo Yiannopoulos – Part I:
JAMES: “Rape Culture” … If you want to know what “Rape Culture” really looks like, just pay a visit to Islamic-State-held territory in Iraq and Syria.
… Now compare and contrast with the confected, faux grievances of the West’s oppressed female Social Justice Warriors, as they battle against such appalling injustices as: their insufficient representation on bank notes … not having been given as many Nobel-prizes as men have …
MILO: “GameGate” … Gamers are the only fandom ever to mount a sustained revolt against social justice warriors riding in to “save” their hobby from “misogyny” and other invented offences.
… GamerGate, indirectly, had a huge effect on feminism in the popular imagination this year, because it showed third-wave feminism up for what it is: a hateful, bullying, authoritarian creed of funless cultural Marxism. …
JAMES: “Torture” … can you not see something effete, decadent and self-defeating in our enthusiasm first for washing our dirty linen in public (as the Democrat Senate report was so eager to do)…
Google Chairman Eric Schmidt confirms that Google is off the climate deep end:
In a recent interview with National Public Radio, …. Google Chairman Eric Schmidt said his company “has a very strong view that we should make decisions in politics based on facts. And the facts of climate change are not in question anymore. Everyone understands climate change is occurring, and the people who oppose it are really hurting our children and our grandchildren and making the world a much worse place. We should not be aligned with such people. They’re just literally lying.”
It’s not surprising that an Obama advisor+bank-roller and green philanthropist would take a leftist climate hysterical position. But it is disturbing that a company that has such huge propaganda power at its disposal has openly declared such blatant political bias.
After so much bad news, after so many bad polls.
Or ones that defy reason.
The number of Canadians who believe the Conservative government is doing a good job of protecting the environment is inching upward, according to a recent poll – despite the federal government finding itself repeatedly under fire on environmental issues, and Canada remaining on track to fall substantially short of its Copenhagen greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets.
And make you wonder what kind of crazy ignorant country we’re living in.
Isn’t it good to know that Stephen Harper’s bubble may finally have burst?
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Uh oh. It seems I might have been a bit hasty when I declared this to be The Con Nightmare Before Christmas.
Because although the Cons are just as ghastly as they were in that story, the monstrous Stephen Harper is now smiling, as only he can.
And the real nightmare arrived YESTERDAY !!!
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We know that Stephen Harper is spending hundreds of millions of dollars of OUR money to try to brainwash us into thinking that he’s a Great Leader.
We know that those porky ads are nothing but propaganda to try to bribe voters.
As this excerpt from his latest YouTube channel production, starring the oily Con man Joe Oliver, makes only too clear…
In my last two posts I told you why I believe that Stephen Harper and his monstrous Con regime may have to be brought down by a Great Canadian Coalition.
So Justin Trudeau, Tom Mulcair, and Elizabeth May and their most rabid partisan supporters should at the very least be thinking about it.
Because you can be sure that Stephen Harper is thinking a lot about it these days. It must be keeping him awake at night.
For he surely knows that unless he wins a majority in the next election it’s game over.
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|Mulcair: The man who would bring democracy to Canada|
Thomas Mulcair, that very capable MP who is leader of the NDP, has publicly committed himself to remedy our democratic deficit, as this post indicates.
The other day I wrote about how appalled I was to see that Stephen Harper, and his ghastly stooge Peter MacKay, had appointed an anti-gay judge.
A law professor named an Ontario judge this week wrote two years ago for a conservative, U.S.-based institute that the legalization of same-sex marriage in Canada has harmed religious freedom and free speech, and led to the “indoctrination” of children in public schools.
Who sounded like he had sprung from the bowels of bigot America.
But then I decided to find out more about Bradley Miller.
And now I’m even more DISGUSTED.
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Ah, I believe we’re a familiar with this sort of problem with our ReformatoryCons, who are basically now required to think only in verbatim PMO talking points.
Nigel Farage is cracking down on Ukip supporters’ social media activity
after a series …
We know that Stephen Harper and his ghastly Con regime run the biggest propaganda machine this country has ever seen.
And that they have spent hundreds of millions of dollars trying to brainwash us with our own money.
But who knew they’re also spending a fortune trying to pass off propaganda as NEWS?
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For months Stephen Harper has been unleashing the stormtroopers from the Canadian Revenue Agency upon his many enemies.
They have been harassing environmental groups and other progressive charities, and trying to cripple them into submission.
But now it seems they have claimed their first victim, and are preparing to blast it out of existence.
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As I said in my last post, I wasn’t impressed with the way Peter Mansbridge handled his year end interview with Stephen Harper.
I thought he stroked Great Crazy Leader with a feather, and failed to challenge his many lies, or ask the follow up questions that needed to be asked.
So the whole thing looked more like a cozy chat than an interview.
But I see that Michael Harris was even less impressed.
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As I’ve been warning recently, Stephen Harper’s mental state is clearly growing more unstable by the day.
The exhaustion of all those foreign photo-ops, combined with the shock of seeing his beloved Albertonia torpedoed by low oil prices, and his budget surplus going up in flames, has driven him to the brink.
And there is no better example of that than his wildly oscillating position on a carbon tax.
Just ten days ago he called one “crazy.” Or CRAAAAAAAZY.
But in the CBC interview the other night, while being stroked with a feather by Peter Mansbridge, he all but called it a good idea.
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|Which one, or two, of these men will lead Canada?|
The end of the Harper government is clear from this latest poll, which shows that the Harper scare tactics of the past have run their course:
Liberal and NDP supporters, meanwhile, have expressed a tepid willingness to consider each other, suggesting that a Liberal-NDP coalition may be feasible should the Conservatives pull off a minority win in 2015. Indeed, unlike in 2011, it appears now that Liberals and NDP supporters are equally likely to say they are certain to be voting. The rise of greater commitment to vote in the centre-left is also coupled with a sharp rise in support for a Liberal-led coalition. These two changed forces suggest a formidable obstacle to a fourth Harper Government.
Canadians prefer Liberal-NDP coalition to Conservative governmentFinally, after all this speculation as to the feasibility of a Liberal-NDP coalition, we asked Canadians the simple question of whether they would prefer a Conservative minority government or a Liberal-led coalition with the NDP. Canadians express a striking preference for the latter, with 54 percent (60 per cent when we exclude invalid responses) choosing coalition. This represents a distinct movement away from the days of Michael Ignatieff, when Canadians were evenly split on this issue.
Harper struck first when the coalition talk first arose some years back, falsely framing the coalition-question as one of political illegitimacy, and his attack was successful because at the time many voters had grave reservations about the gravitas of Michael Ignatieff as a prime minister.
Well I guess Stephen Harper wasn’t kidding. If the courts wouldn’t kneel before him he would debase them into submission.
Not by simply soiling himself.
I tried to put it off as long as I could, I was having too much of a good time to spoil it.
Humming Christmas tunes, fixing one of my little robots, and playing with my neighbour’s puppy.
But eventually I figured I better check out Peter Mansbridge’s interview with Stephen Harper. And oh boy did that ruin my evening.
Because it was an absolute HORROR show.
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You could can see the strain in his face, he can’t hide it anymore, even under all that pancake makeup.
He’s still trying to pretend that those tanking oil prices won’t affect his plans to try to buy the next election, or balance the budget.
Even though he recklessly blew the surplus before he even had one.
But it’s just not working, and with every passing day he’s sounding more and more delusional.
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It could only happen in Alberta, the land of cowboy Steve and not so Big Oil, Canada’s Banana Republic.
Where the leader of the opposition, after attacking the Con government for five years, and trailing them in the polls by only five points.
Has suddenly decided that if you can’t beat them, you should join them.
And is apparently leading half her Wild Hog Party back to the trough.
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Once upon a time I thought that Peter MacKay was a fairly harmless Con buffoon, of limited intelligence, masquerading as a minister.
The happy idiot who was easily conned into selling the once proud Progressive Conservative party, and his soul, to Stephen Harper and his Reform rednecks.
The hopeless loser who shamelessly used his neighbour’s dog to try to guilt out his ex-girlfriend Belinda Stronach…
It all looks and sounds so familiar. A wild looking gunman terrorizes a cafe in Sydney, killing two people, and traumatizing a city and nation.
And even though police say there is no evidence the man was a real terrorist, the country’s Prime Minister is quick to plant that idea in the minds of his people.
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