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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.

OPINION: Economist predictions and mortgage terms

OPINION: Economist predictions and mortgage terms

By: Rob McLister, Canada Mortgage Trends

No one truly knows where interest rates are headed. Yet, despite vast margins of error, all major financial institutions regularly publish rate predictions.

If only we could assume that these economists were right - or even half right - it would be far easier to determine the lowest-cost mortgage term.

Ontario Premier shocks landscape with resignation

Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty, with his wife Terry, resigned Monday.

Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty shocked his Liberal caucus Monday night by resigning.

McGuinty, 57, has led the Liberal party in Ontario since 1996 and was premier since 2003.

"“Earlier today, I asked Yasir Naqvi, our party president, to convene a leadership convention at the earliest possible time," McgGuinty said on the Liberal Party website.

McGuinty, with his wife Terri at his side, recently won his third term as leader.

However, the win came as a minority government.

OP/ED: Justin Trudeau and political amnesia

OP/ED: Justin Trudeau and political amnesia

You would think that federal Liberals would by now have immunized themselves against the affliction that almost did them in: the kind of delusional giddiness at the prospect of a political saviour. It is so embarrassing watching Liberals talk about Trudeau 2.0 – as if beating a Conservative Senator in the boxing ring somehow qualifies for him taking on Stephen Harper’s storm troopers. Hope springs eternal, yes, but even that aphorism has limits.

Ottawa's failure to follow own law threatening endangered species: Ecojustice report

Ottawa's failure to follow own law threatening endangered species: Ecojustice report

A new report that evaluates the effectiveness of Canada’s endangered species legislation is pointing to the federal government’s failure to follow its own law as one of the biggest barriers to saving imperilled wildlife.

Federal Liberal Council of Riding Association presidents endorse resolution to legalize cannabis

Federal Liberal Council of Riding Association presidents endorse resolution to legalize cannabis

Vancouver- British Columbia's Federal Liberal Council of Riding Association Presidents endorsed a policy resolution to legalize and regulate cannabis in Canada, as approved by Liberal Party delegates from across Canada at the Party's 2012 Biennial Policy Conference in Ottawa. The Council held their quarterly meeting Saturday in West Vancouver where they also discussed the Party's upcoming leadership race, the provincial policy convention in November and preparations for the upcoming Victoria by-election.

COMMENT: Can Harper's CETA trojan horse be stopped?

COMMENT: Can Harper's CETA trojan horse be stopped?

Stephen Harper’s no-longer-secret agenda to implement a revolution from the right and dismantle Canada has one major impediment that must really stick in his craw. He is constrained in what he can do by the constitutional division of powers which gives the provinces so much political authority.

Council of Canadians calls for fracking ban in lead-up to Global Frackdown

Council of Canadians calls for fracking ban in lead-up to Global Frackdown
Ottawa – On the eve of the Global Frackdown – the Council of Canadians is calling for a ban, or at the very least a moratorium, onfrackingfrom coast to coast.
The Council points to the fact that evenanalysts of the industryhave acknowledgedthat fracking fluids won’t be safe for human consumption within the next five years, but the organization questions the claims that fracking would be safe even by the
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