The Canadian Progressive: 100 groups urge Trudeau to halt Canada’s “broken” tar sands pipeline approval process

More than 100 groups from across Canada and the U.S. have written to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau urging him to halt Canada’s “broken” tar sands pipeline approval process. The post 100 groups urge Trudeau to halt Canada’s “broken” tar sands pipeline approval process appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

The Canadian Progressive: Climate denial in the TPP trade agreement

The 5,000-page TPP agreement “is literally in climate denial” while expanding the rights of corporations, argues Ben Lilliston, the director of climate strategies at the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy. The post Climate denial in the TPP trade agreement appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

The Common Sense Canadian: Rafe Mair: A senior citizen’s perspective on the federal election and where we go from here

Rafe Mair – with more than a few grey hairs (photo: Youtube/CMHABC) Like most Canadians, I’ve a spent much of the past week or so trying to figure out what the general election really meant. As I did, a horrible thought occurred to me – my perspective might just be affected by the number of ...

The Common Sense Canadian: Large group of First Nations, scientists, green groups calls on Trudeau to reject Petronas LNG project

Gitxsan leaders of Camp Madii Lii stand behind the Lax Kw’aalams Nation at Lelu Island (submitted) A letter written by Lax Kw’alaams Hereditary Chief Yahaan (Donnie Wesley), calling on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to reject Petronas’ controversial LNG proposal near Prince Rupert, has gained a long list of unlikely, high-profile supporters. The signatories include over 70 leaders of First ...

The Common Sense Canadian: Trudeau ‘disappointed’ at Obama’s killing of Keystone XL…Get over it

Justin Trudeau visits US Capital in 2013 (Susan Walsh/Associated Press) It’s official: After seven years of withering on the vine, the Keystone XL pipeline from Alberta to the US Gulf Coast is dead, by President Barack Obama’s hand. Newly-minted Canadian Prime Minister and avowed Keystone supporter Justin Trudeau is reportedly disappointed at the decision but says ...

The Common Sense Canadian: Rafe Mair: Can the Conservative Party come back?

A young Peter MacKay (left) and Stephen Harper join forces in 2003 Can the Conservative Party come back? Of course, but first, the Conservative Party must return. Sound confusing? It’s not. The pre-Harper party wasn’t remotely like his bunch. It’s not enough to get rid of Stephen Harper if you don’t also get rid of his ...

The Canadian Progressive: BREAKING: Barack Obama Rejects Keystone XL Pipeline

US President Barack Obama has announced the rejection of TransCanada’s proposed Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. He stated that Keystone XL would not serve the United States’ “national interest”. The post BREAKING: Barack Obama Rejects Keystone XL Pipeline appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

The Canadian Progressive: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Diverse 31-Member Cabinet

Justin Trudeau unveiled his diverse 31-member cabinet as he was sworn in as Canada’s 23rd prime minister at Rideau Hall, the Ottawa official residence of the Governor General, Queen Elizabeth’s representative in Canada, on Wednesday, Nov 4, 2015. The post Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Diverse 31-Member Cabinet appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

The Canadian Progressive: Stephen Harper’s weird “thank you” letter to same public servants he terrorized

Stephen Harper has penned an I’m-a-nice-guy letter to the same federal public servants he terrorized, dictatorship-style, during his nine years in power. The post Stephen Harper’s weird “thank you” letter to same public servants he terrorized appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

The Common Sense Canadian: Rafe: Woodfibre LNG opposition isn’t NIMBYism – it’s based on real fear

Photo: Flickr/KsideB If you don’t think that the approval of an LNG plant in Squamish – Woodfibre LNG – was a raw political decision, you not only believe in the tooth fairy, you must be the tooth fairy herself. The alleged “environmental assessment” by the Province, was a farce – as has been the federal ...

The Common Sense Canadian: Fracking, Site C and the mystery of Hudson’s Hope water contamination

Five year-old River Summer looks on at Brenot Creek landslide (Photo: Leigh Summer) A series of landslides above the northeast BC community of Hudson’s Hope has been dumping contaminated soils into several local creeks, extending now to the Peace River. Local landowners whose water supply has been affected are demanding answers. But Mayor Gwen Johansson, who ...

The Common Sense Canadian: Woodfibre LNG may have govt’s rubber stamp, but not social license

Citizens line the Sea to Sky Highway to protest Woodfibre LNG (My Sea to Sky) Op-ed by Tracey Saxby It really comes as no surprise that the Provincial Government has rubber stamped the Environmental Assessment (EA) for Woodfibre LNG. This is one of their pet projects, and the BC Liberals’ election promise was to develop ...

The Common Sense Canadian: Rafe: Canada’s biggest newspaper chain sold its soul to oil and gas

Well, fellow friends of freedom of the press, what now? Agreements between Postmedia – the country’s largest newspaper chain – and the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP), plus an equally disgraceful deal between the company’s Vancouver Province and the LNG industry have permanently stained the organization’s journalistic credibility. Postmedia is broke and then some. That, however, has never ...

The Canadian Progressive: David Suzuki: Environmentalists expect a renewed relationship with Trudeau government

Persecuted during Harper’s divisive politics, Canada’s environmentalists look forward to a renewed relationship with the Justin Trudeau federal government, says David Suzuki. The post David Suzuki: Environmentalists expect a renewed relationship with Trudeau government appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

The Common Sense Canadian: Harper’s gone…Now what? 10 Trudeau promises Canadians need kept

Stephen Harper (CP) exits the ring after a crushing defeat at the hands of Justin Trudeau (Matt Usherwood) Even a few days ago, who woulda thunk it? Justin Trudeau and his red tide sweep the nation to a majority government, washing Steven Harper out to sea. For many progressive voters, it was too decisive – if only ...

The Common Sense Canadian: Rafe: Let’s hope this “change” election leads to real change

Photo: Justin Trudeau/Facebook It was an election by younger people if the faces on TV are any indication. Mind you, at my age, almost everyone looks young! It was also an election of change which inevitably means that “strategic voting” took the place of selecting the person that voters think will do the best job. ...

The Canadian Progressive: A Canadian Progressive’s Case Against Justin Trudeau Becoming Canada’s Next Prime Minister

Here are The Canadian Progressive’s ten arguments against Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau replacing Stephen Harper as Canada’s next prime minister: The post A Canadian Progressive’s Case Against Justin Trudeau Becoming Canada’s Next Prime Minister appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

The Canadian Progressive: Jack Layton: “Don’t let them tell you it can’t be done”

With opinion polls and the corporate media already declaring Justin Trudeau the winner of the 2015 federal election, the late Jack Layton would tell Thomas Mulcair and the New Democrats: “Don’t let them tell you it can’t be done.” The post Jack Layton: “Don’t let them tell you it can’t be done” appeared first on The ...

The Common Sense Canadian: Site C not needed until at least 2029, BC Hydro’s own numbers show

Early Site C construction in the Peace River, despite Hydro’s own numbers showing the project is unnecessary (Donald Hoffmann) BC likely won’t need the power generated by Site C Dam until at least 2029, according to recent projections from BC Hydro’s Rate Design proposal, submitted to the BC Utilities Commission. Graph from BC Hydro’s Rate ...

The Canadian Progressive: Justin Trudeau voted YES to Harper’s “Zero Tolerance for #BarbaricCulturalPractices Act”

Justin Trudeau and 29 other Liberals voted YES to Stephen Harper’s Bill S-7, the “Zero Tolerance for Barbaric Cultural Practices Act”, a law that appeals to white supremacism and proposes “zero tolerance” for the Other’s “barbarism”. The post Justin Trudeau voted YES to Harper’s “Zero Tolerance for #BarbaricCulturalPractices Act” appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

The Common Sense Canadian: Rafe: Be wary of Postmedia editorials endorsing Harper

Headline from Vancouver Sun’s recent endorsement of the Conservative Party (Postmedia) Rafe Mair here – may I have your attention for a moment? When you’re advised how to vote, common sense tells you to ask whether or not this is advice comes from a bias based upon strong personal financial commitments. The Vancouver Sun and ...

The Common Sense Canadian: Democratic reform is the real change that must come from Canadian election

The Centennial Flame on Parliament Hill in Ottawa (Jamie McCaffrey/Flickr CC licence) If Canadians don’t see a commitment for major change from Monday’s winner, the nastiest and most divisive election in our history, by far, will be for naught. Change is never easy and the results are never perfect. What one looks for is improvement ...

The Canadian Progressive: Lobbying scandal: Trudeau’s disgraced ex-campaign co-chair was paid by TransCanada

Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau’s disgraced former national campaign co-chair, Dan Gagnier, was paid by TransCanada Corp, the company behind the controversial Energy East tar sands pipeline. The post Lobbying scandal: Trudeau’s disgraced ex-campaign co-chair was paid by TransCanada appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

The Common Sense Canadian: While one First Nation sues to stop LNG, another embraces it

Hereditary chiefs of the Luutkudziiwus House of the Gitxsan Nation at their Madii Lii Camp While the country speeds toward a high-stakes federal election, things are heating up on the provincial front with the LNG file in BC. As Premier Clark hosts a third international LNG conference in Vancouver, sticking to her “optimistic” outlook despite a cooling ...

The Canadian Progressive: Trudeau’s campaign co-chair invited TransCanada to lobby post-Harper government on Energy East

On Monday, Justin Trudeau’s national campaign co-chair Daniel Gagnier invited TransCanada, the company behind the proposed Energy East tar sands pipeline, to lobby the post-Harper government on Canada’s national energy strategy. The post Trudeau’s campaign co-chair invited TransCanada to lobby post-Harper government on Energy East appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.