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Planet a big loser in 2012 Tory Budget

Planet a big loser in 2012 Tory Budget

by Marc Lee, Canadian Centre of Policy Alternatives

First off, the 2012 federal budget that makes no upfront claim to be a budget. Indeed, the cover states only “Economic Action Plan 2012: Jobs, Growth and Long-Term Prosperity.”

While we have been accustomed in recent years to budgets with their own titles, this one does not actually say “Budget” anywhere.

This frames it as more of a framework economic document that includes gutting of environmental assessment in the name of the economy.

Mourning Mulcair’s win

Mourning Mulcair’s win

There will be lots of soul searching and head scratching going on this week about what happened with the NDP leadership race. The mechanics of the convention, the interesting lack of deal-making, and how the balloting progressed are all fodder for those who enjoy going through the entrails of leadership conventions. Others will be analyzing the various campaigns of the frontrunners, looking for weaknesses to explain how they could collectively have let Thomas Mulcair, the right-wing Liberal, pro-Israel, political bully become head of their party.

NDP faithful picks Muclair as new leader of the party

A jubilant Thomas Mulcair celebrates victory.

The Huffington Post

Montreal MP Thomas Mulcair has been chosen to succeed Jack Layton as leader of the New Democrat Party.

Mulcair claimed 57.2 per cent of the vote in a fourth-ballot victory over chief rival Brian Topp, who claimed 42.8 per cent.

The two front-runners were the last men standing after a day-long voting marathon that was plagued by online delays, the result of an attempted cyber-attack on the party's website.

Local MP criticizes Fed plans to 'gut' Fisheries Act

Fisheries Minister Keith Ashfield

MP Alex Atamanenko (BC Southern Interior) said the Conservative’s plan to make changes to the Fisheries Act in an omnibus federal budget bill next week has been exposed and the federal government needs to come clean on its agenda.

A former DFO employee Otto Langer leaked documents last week that shone a light on government plans to strip the Fisheries Act of habitat protection provisions.

Nathan Cullen would get my vote

Nathan Cullen would get my vote

There are so many factors that NDP members have to look at when choosing who to vote for in their leadership race that I don’t envy them (I am not a member). How do you weigh the various elements: policies, philosophy, engaging personality, ability to take on Stephen Harper in the House, co-operation with the Liberals, and support for proportional representation? Are they likely to bring people together or cause divisions within the caucus and party?

Is Harper undermining Obama on Iran?

Is Harper undermining Obama on Iran?

It might be useful for Prime Minister Stephen Harper to read a U.S. state department cable from Israel released by Wikileaks. It reveals that talk of Iran's imminent production of nuclear weapons goes back to the early 1990s: "The head of the MFA's [Ministry of Foreign Affairs] strategic affairs division recalled that GOI [Government of Israel] assessments from 1993 predicted that Iran would possess an atomic bomb by 1998 at the latest."

Canadian ski cross skier Nik Zoricic dies in racing accident

Canadian ski cross skier Nik Zoricic dies in racing accident

The Canadian Alpine ski community took another hit Saturday.

For the second time this year tragic news has stopped the sport in its tracks as one of its own - ski cross racer Nik Zoricic - was killed while racing in Switzerland.

Zoricic, 29, died Saturday after crashing during a World Cup event in Grindelwald, Switzerland.

His death follows that of Olympic half-pipe specialist Sarah Burke who died of injuries sustained from a fall during a training run in January.

Canada supports the dark side of international finance

Canada supports the dark side of international finance

You can say one thing for the powers that be in the banking industry. They’ve got a lot of nerve.

Canadians call for enquiry on alleged robocall election fraud

Canadians call for enquiry on alleged robocall election fraud

Over 20,000 Canadians have joined with online campaigning organization Leadnow.ca to call for a full and independent public inquiry into an alleged systematic voter deception phone campaign that targeted likely non-Conservative voters in key ridings during the May 2011 election.

Since the campaign launched on Friday, 20,000 Canadians used the Leadnow.ca website and social media tools to send letters to political leaders calling for a non-partisan public inquiry and ensure serious consequences, including possible by-elections in affected ridings.

Time to zip John Baird’s loose lips

Time to zip John Baird’s loose lips

It is hard to credit the latest statements and actions by Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird. On both Iran and Israel Baird seems to almost deliberately seek to humiliate both himself and the country he is supposed to represent on the international stage. Taking an ultra-orthodox rabbi (whose organization opposes any Palestinian state) with him on an official visit to Israel is not just bizarre but dangerous.

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