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COMMENT: Brazeau, Harper and Idle No More

COMMENT: Brazeau, Harper and Idle No More

The Brazeau affair — sad, repugnant and bizarre all at the same time — shines a light on two aspects of Canadian politics that desperately need some exposure.

One is what it reveals about the state of “official” aboriginal politics and its relationship to the Canadian state.

COMMENT: 2013 should be the year of the democracy coalition

COMMENT: 2013 should be the year of the democracy coalition

When historians write the chapter on the current period of social democracy in Canada they might well conclude that the worst thing that happened to it was the 2011 election when the NDP got 103 seats it hadn’t really earned. It was such an unexpected event that the NDP could not cope with it. You could see it in the euphoria of election night – the same night that the dismantling of the country (whose best government features the party could take much credit for) would begin in earnest with a Harper majority.

COMMENT: The power of Idle No More's resurgent radicalism

COMMENT: The power of Idle No More's resurgent radicalism

The remarkable Idle No More movement is the biggest and most important national outpouring of grassroots aboriginal anger ever seen in Canada. Not since the late 1960s when Indians (as they then referred to themselves) and Métis confronted governments with demands for justice has such a dramatic and passionate expression of resistance been seen.

OP/ED: Stephen Harper’s Christmas sermon--Why deny climate change?*

OP/ED: Stephen Harper’s Christmas sermon--Why deny climate change?*

Canada is blessed. God has given us so many things that other countries want. And it’s all just there for the taking. Above the ground we have trees galore, waiting to be chopped down, water waiting to be piped to California. In the ground we’ve got gold and silver, copper and iron, uranium and asbestos. The list is almost endless. And under the ground here in Alberta we have our greatest blessing – oil.

COMMENT: Time for an adult conversation about taxes

COMMENT: Time for an adult conversation about taxes

The suggestion that we need to raise taxes in this country has become so taboo in the nation’s politics that even talking about it is seen as tantamount to political suicide. The right and its benefactors, the wealthy and large corporations, have had the field to themselves for a long time.

OP/ED: A Trudeau insults the West--so what else is new?

OP/ED: A Trudeau insults the West--so what else is new?

At least his father waited until he was in power before he gave the West the finger! But, just as I had suggested, Trudeau the Younger is so arrogant, so self-absorbed, and so dumb he has already insulted--and politically dismissed--an entire Western province, well before seeking the Liberal leadership, let alone becoming Central Canada’s prime minister.

Canadian Bar Assn says Bill S-7 duplicates existing laws to combat terrorism

Canadian Bar Assn says Bill S-7 duplicates existing laws to combat terrorism

While committed to a safe and secure Canada, the Canadian Bar Association (CBA) says that Bill S-7, Criminal Code, Canada Evidence Act and Security of Information Act amendments (Combating Terrorism Act) would not provide any new tools to combat terrorist offences.

COMMENT: Is The NDP Becoming 'Liberals-lite'?

COMMENT: Is The NDP Becoming 'Liberals-lite'?

A couple of polls showing the NDP losing support to the Liberals pose some pretty fundamental questions for the party and its small ‘l’ liberal leader Thomas Mulcair. Does the party follow the narrow political path of the two big business parties or does it reinvent itself as a movement party and tap into the deep dissatisfaction of Canadians about the state of politics and governance in this country?

OP/ED: Give us back our money, tax cheats!

OP/ED: Give us back our money, tax cheats!

There is a class of people and corporations in this country whose illicit financial practices have an enormous negative impact on the country and its citizens. Yet the law and order regime of Stephen Harper barely plays lip service to the issue of tax evasion through tax havens. While Harper cuts billions from government programs in the name of deficit reduction, he refuses to go after billions of dollars in revenue lost to tax evasion and avoidance every year. The practice has been going on for at least forty years and has grown to breathtaking levels world-wide.

Rick Mercer: “My Canada includes weird scientists who are devoted to keeping our water clean”

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Last night on ‘The Rick Mercer Report,’ Canadian icon Rick Mercer put the Harper Government, “previously known as the Government of Canada,” to task over the termination of the Experimental Lakes Area (ELA). In one of his classic rants, Mercer tried to make sense of the senseless closure of the ELA, which will only save the government $2 million a year.

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