Politics and its Discontents: Help Wanted

Thanks to M. Barrett who alerted me to this Craigslist posting from Toronto: In case you can’t make out the fine print at the bottom, it reads: Required to dispose of existing ballots in all ridings across Canada and urgently replace with winning issue ballots Recommend this Post

Politics and its Discontents: Harper’s Message Control

Some might call it extortion. Others, a gag order. Some would perhaps be more comfortable with the term loyalty oath. Whatever the label, however, one thing is clear: in Harperland, those who vie to carry the party’s electoral banner must agree to give up some basic freedoms or pay a heavy penalty. iPolitics reports the ...

Politics and its Discontents: Pulling Strings

“Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain,” bellowed the ‘mighty’ Oz as Dorothy and her companions were discovering the secret of his power. Similarly, Stephen Harper would divert us from his machinations through manipulations and muzzling. Star letter-writers, however, are not so easily fooled: Conservatives seeking happy vets for TV ads, Aug. 28 ...

Politics and its Discontents: A Troubling Trend

Canadians have much to ponder before casting their ballots in October. Opinion polls tell us that the economy, healthcare and job creation are uppermost in their minds, all worthy topics to be sure. However, only 15% list Bill C-51, Harper’s anti-terrorism legislation, as one of their top-five issues. More Canadians should be very, very concerned ...

Politics and its Discontents: A Reminder Of What We Were And What We Can Be Again

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Politics and its Discontents: Harperland As Seen By Editorial Cartoonists

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Politics and its Discontents: Who Can I Trust?

Regular readers of this blog will know that I am an enthusiastic supporter of The Toronto Star. The paper’s investigative reports, like no others, have had real impact, influencing decisions at the highest levels of power locally, provincially and federally; its dogged pursuit of the truth has always impressed me deeply. The Star has consistetly ...

Politics and its Discontents: Sid Ryan Has A Plan

Given the odious, intrusive and likely unconstitutional nature of Bill C-377, the ‘private member’s’ bill covered with the indelible palm prints of Stephen Harper that forces labour unions to publicly disclose how they spend their money, it would be surprising indeed if unions did not have a plan to fight back. Sid Ryan, president of ...

Politics and its Discontents: ….. Canada Day

I wish that I could have inserted ‘Happy’ in front of today’s title, but for reasons too obvious to discuss, I can’t. However I will say this: may next year find all Canadians in circumstances whereby we can freely us that adjective in a heartfelt salutation to our country. Meanwhile, allow me to offer the ...

Politics and its Discontents: As Canada Day Approaches

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Politics and its Discontents: A Site Young Voters Should Visit

I have written several past posts on the fact that for the most part, youth do not vote, largely because they see nothing on offer from any of the major parties dealing with their issues. The problem, of course, is that as long as they remain a minor presence at the polls, their issues will ...

Politics and its Discontents: UPDATED: Going, Going ….

…soon to be gone? There are many things we take for granted in our lives: our health, our family, our way of life. Sometimes, changes in those and other areas happen so gradually that we really don’t notice until it is too late. The state of democracy, both globally and domestically, is one of those ...

Politics and its Discontents: For Your Sunday Reading Pleasure

While progressives in general, and bloggers in particular, are largely aware of the grave threat that the Harper regime poses to traditional democracy, I am always pleased when that message is conveyed to a larger audience, in this case readers of The Star. In the lead letter, Edward Carson of Toronto sounds the alarm: Re: ...

Politics and its Discontents: Graeme MacKay Does It Again

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Politics and its Discontents: How Much Do You Trust The Government?

The Harper and Liberal apologists tell us that Bill C-51 is necessary to keep us safe and protect our freedoms. I simply don’t believe or trust them. Do you? You can read more about these concerns here. Recommend this Post

Politics and its Discontents: Human Rights Watch Says Bill C-51 Violates Charter Of Rights

How can it be that everyone else is wrong, and the Harper regime alone holds the truth about the necessity of Bill C-51 to keep us safe? Recommend this Post

Politics and its Discontents: On The Sinister Implications of Bill C-51

One of the biggest threats posed by Bill C-51, the anti-terrorism legislation so loved of the Harper cabal, is that it could be used to criminalize dissent. Jesse Brown, over at CanadaLand, offers an anonymously uploaded YouTube video, shot during Saturday’s “Stop C-51” Rally on Parliament Hill, that would seem to confirm our biggest fears: ...

Politics and its Discontents: An Empty Podium

Given the firm rejection by Mr. Harper to join in the leaders’ debates being arranged by a consortium of broadcasters, it would seem only fitting to have an empty podium onstage with his name attached, in case he changes his mind at the last minute, and to serve as a useful reminder of the prime ...

Politics and its Discontents: What’s That Sound I Hear?

Lesser morals might baldly accuse Stephen Harper of cowardice. Editorial cartoonists have a better way: H/t The Toronto Star Recommend this Post

Politics and its Discontents: Harper’s Jihad – Part Two

As I have written elsewhere on this blog, I am convinced that humans (along with other primates) have an innate sense of fairness, one that is regularly violated in so many ways by the Harper regime. Yesterday I wrote a post about the bald and unsavoury political motivations behind Dear Leader’s crusade against Muslims both ...

Politics and its Discontents: Sidelining The Youth Vote

The potential of the youth vote, about which I have written several times on this blog, is, without question, great. The fact that only a low number of young people turn out to vote should be a source of grave concern for all those who desire real change in Canada. Sadly, those low numbers are ...

Politics and its Discontents: Meanwhile, Back At Campaign Central

Hate campaign, that is. True to form, the Harper regime wasted no time in denouncing the decision to release Omar Khadr on bail pending his appeal. And in addition to playing to their rabid base, they took the opportunity to excoriate both Trudeau and Mulcair with some verbal prestidigitation: Meanwhile, Thomas Walkom offers a good ...

Politics and its Discontents: This Deserves To Be Watched Regularly Until October

Journalist Michael Harris (Party of One) recently appeared on Steve Paikin’s TVO show, The Agenda. People shuold watch this on a regular basis to be reminded regularly of Stephen Harper’s anti-democratic and contemptuous ways. Recommend this Post

Politics and its Discontents: For Those Who Value Democracy

After watching Pierre Polievre make the Sunday rounds extolling his government’s achievements, it would be easy for the politically disengaged and ignorant to conclude that the Harper regime is the greatest thing since the proverbial sliced bread. By Polievre’s account, his government has put more money into the pockets of ‘hardworking Canadians’ than any other ...

Politics and its Discontents: Attention, Young People: Here Is Why You Should Vote

This brief but powerful video should be viewed by all those who are politically disengaged, especially our young citizens: H/t OperationMaple Recommend this Post