Politics and its Discontents: Just Trust Us

We all remember the abortive attempts by Kevin Page, Parliamentary Budget Officer, to find out specifically how federal budget cuts were going to affect programs. The Harper regime was of the view that such detailed information wasn’t to be shared, despite the pesky expectations that a putative open democracy tends to foster among its citizens. ...

The Canadian Progressive: Harper’s Aboriginal Affairs Minister John Duncan Unexpectedly Resigns, Says He Lobbied A Tax Court Judge

by Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive, Feb. 15, 2013: Aboriginal Affairs Minister John Duncan resigned from Prime Minister Stephen Harper‘s cabinet Friday after admitting that he lobbied a tax court judge on behalf of an unnamed constituent. Duncan, the Conservative MP for Vancouver Island North, issued a statement in which he said he wrote “a character reference letter to ...

The Canadian Progressive: Parliament Must Investigate Missing, Murdered Indigenous Women: Grits

Liberal Opposition Day Motion compels Parliament to investigate missing and murdered Indigenous women By Liberal Party of Canada  (Press Release)| Feb. 14, 2013: OTTAWA – Liberals will use a rare opportunity in the House of Commons to bring forward a motion calling on the House of Commons to investigate the crucial matter of missing and murdered ...

Bryan Crockett: Stephen Harper is not a leader.

Way back in 2011 Chief Theresa Spence of the Attawapiskat First Nation delcared a state of emergency due to a lack of decent housing. The Harper Regime decided to politicize the issue, and instead of just supplying housing, they also assigned a manager to go in and run the place, against the wishes of the ...

The Canadian Progressive: Amnesty International Urges Harper to meet with hunger striker Chief Spence

by Amnesty International Canada: Editor’s Intro: In the letter bellow, issued yesterday, Amnesty International urges Prime Minister Stephen Harper to meet with hunger-striker Chief Theresa Spence as her peaceful protest reaches Day 18. Chief Spence is demanding a meeting involving Harper, a representative of the Queen, and First Nations leaders. She wants this meeting to discuss treaty ...

Crazy Bitches R Us: Attawapiskat: Minister Dum-dum the Red Cross won’t swallow your spin.

A quick observation. In the media Aboriginal Affairs Minister John Dumdum wanted to convince reporters that he and his staff – who were so incompetent that they didn’t know there was a disaster at Attawapiskat in the first place – had the matter well in hand. (I guess the spinners had to make the choice: ...

Crazy Bitches R Us: Attawapiskat: Minister Dum-dum the Red Cross won’t swallow your spin.

A quick observation. In the media Aboriginal Affairs Minister John Dumdum wanted to convince reporters that he and his staff – who were so incompetent that they didn’t know there was a disaster at Attawapiskat in the first place – had the matter well in hand. (I guess the spinners had to make the choice: ...

Crazy Bitches R Us: Attawapiskat: Minister Dum-dum the Red Cross won’t swallow your spin.

A quick observation. In the media Aboriginal Affairs Minister John Dumdum wanted to convince reporters that he and his staff – who were so incompetent that they didn’t know there was a disaster at Attawapiskat in the first place – had the matter well in hand. (I guess the spinners had to make the choice: ...