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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

Atamanenko joins Canadians in paying homage to Jack Layton

Alex Atamanenko . . . Layton the epitome of a trustworthy, honourable politician

Wednesday (August 22) Canadians from coast to coast to coast will mark the first anniversary of Jack Layton’s passing following his fight with cancer.

Alex Atamanenko, MP, for BC Southern Interior invites constituents to keep the former NDP leader’s legacy alive by participating in a web-based activity joining with others from across the country to pay homage to Jack on the website www.dearjack.ca .  

“Before Jack died, he shared some wise words with Canadians,” said Atamanenko:

Council of Canadians calls on premiers to take Vermont’s lead and ban fracking

Council of Canadians calls on premiers to take Vermont’s lead and ban fracking

Following Vermont’s ban on hydraulic fracturing last month, the Council of Canadians has written to the premiers of the provinces and territories across Canada asking that they follow suit. “Last month, the state of Vermont took action to protect water sources and to curb demands on fossil fuels. Provincial governments should do the same thing,” said Maude Barlow, National Chairperson of the Council of Canadians.

Beyond Harper: Rebuilding community

Beyond Harper: Rebuilding community

Of all the appalling abuses of democracy and ruthless dismantling of the country represented by Bill C-38 one stands out of as representative of the right wing dystopia that Stephen Harper has in store for the 99 per cent.

Politicians are a shadow. What casts the shadow?

Politicians are a shadow. What casts the shadow?

I have been writing about politics lately.  Now I will turn my attentions to a wider subject, minds and consciousness.

It is a great virtue of history that—through its study--people can be cured of thinking they are undergoing something unique, when in historical fact something very similar has happened before. Harper is in no way a statesman of the stature of John A. Macdonald or Pierre Trudeau. I am sure I would not get much argument about that. How do we know this? I would say, historical perspective.

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