Alberta Politics: Was there just a coup in Portugal? Why did Canada’s media ignore the story?

PHOTOS: The São Bento Palace, home of the Assembly of the Republic, in Lisbon. Was it just the site of a constitutional coup with implications for Canada? You’d never know from the local media. Below: Portuguese President Aníbal Cavaco Silva; Portugal’s national flag. Did you know a coalition of the left has been denied the ...

LeDaro: Stephen Harper is working hard and needs rest?

That is why he is proroguing the Parliament. Or is he sleeping on the job? Is he simply a pro-rogue or a rogue.

Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Morning Links

This and that for your Thursday reading. – Jenny Carson asks what governments are doing to lift poor workers out of poverty. (Spoiler alert: the Cons’ answer is “why would we want to do that?”). – Meanwhile, Kemal Dervis and Uri Dadush discuss the desperate need to rein in inequality in the U.S.: As it ...

Impolitical: Prorogation, obviously

The big news on an August Monday: Prime Minister Stephen Harper has confirmed he will ask the Governor General to prorogue Parliament until October, when his Conservative government will introduce the next speech from the throne. “There will be a new throne speech in the fall, obviously the House will be prorogued in anticipation of ...

Impolitical: Prorogation, obviously

The big news on an August Monday: Prime Minister Stephen Harper has confirmed he will ask the Governor General to prorogue Parliament until October, when his Conservative government will introduce the next speech from the throne. “There will be a new throne speech in the fall, obviously the House will be prorogued in anticipation of ...

Impolitical: Prorogation, obviously

The big news on an August Monday: Prime Minister Stephen Harper has confirmed he will ask the Governor General to prorogue Parliament until October, when his Conservative government will introduce the next speech from the throne. “There will be a new throne speech in the fall, obviously the House will be prorogued in anticipation of ...

LeDaro: Stephen Harper is asking for prorogation of Parliament again

Prime Minister Stephen Harper has confirmed he will ask the Governor General to prorogue Parliament until October, when his Conservative government will introduce the next speech from the throne…. “There will be a new throne speech in the fall, obviously the House will be prorogued in anticipation of that. We will come back — in ...

Trashy's World: Yeah, the weather is WAY too nice to work…

… I think I’ll prorogue work! Thanks Prime Minister Harper! Way to show leadership and initiative! I am taking your lead and proroguing until October. And like you Parliamentarians, I’ll continue to be paid, right? (7) Trashy, Ottawa, Ontario

Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Here, on the increasing attempts of executive government at all levels to declare democracy irrelevant – and how strong grassroots party structures may be the key to reversing the tide. For further reading…– Again, Andrew Coyne’s column remains the definitive discussion of the issue at the federal and provincial levels.– But I’ll give credit to ...

Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Morning Links

Assorted content for your weekend reading. – Tim Harper slams the Cons for yet another omnibus abuse of parliamentary democracy: Stephen Harper didn’t invent prorogation and omnibus legislation, but he has made two arcane polysyllabic political terms part of our everyday lexicon, improving our vocabulary but diminishing our democracy. His shut-it-down and take-it-or-leave-it approach to ...

Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material for your mid-week reading. – Erika Shaker describes the effect of the “right-to-work” laws so popular among our more regressive politicians: “Right-to-Work” still remains a dubious—even Orwellian—term, probably because we have a sweatshop-sized vat of research documenting examples of what this scheme has meant for those American jurisdictions that have implemented it. Higher ...

But I Bet She Woulda Fired Michaelle Jean If She Hadn’t Have Allowed Stevie To Prorogue in 2008/09

A Montreal woman, Chantal Dupuis took it upon herself to write the Queen, asking her to fire ol’ Stevie Spiteful and his government.  Hell, why not? If as all these monarchist cheerleaders so love to shove down our throats, she’s the “Queen of Canada”, why shouldn’t she earn her keep?  Besides, if one . . ...

Right of Center Ice: 10 headlines capturing the "work" of the Harper Regime

The Globe and Mail has released a photo slide show titled “A look back at the biggest headlines from Canada’s 40th parliament” with 8 of the 10 headlines either critiquing or outright slamming the Harper Regime’s path of governance. The two exceptions? The first was the state of Jack Layton’s health. The other was the ...

Right of Center Ice: Would Harper prorogue parliament again?

A thought for progressives to discuss: Layton has two votes this week with one potentially mattering significantly more than the other. If Layton supports the budget on Thursday can he really vote alongside the expected Liberal non-confidence motion on Friday? He could certainly vote against an Opposition Day non-confidence motion, that’s for sure, but what ...

A. Picazo: Citizens say Yes to democracy, No to Harper’s Prorogation

By proroguing Parliament, and thereby subverting Democracy, Prime Minister Stephen Harper has succeeded where others have failed.  He has galvanized Canadians from across the political spectrum, including many who were formerly apathetic citizens, in a common political cause: To stand up for democracy, and demand political accountability. More than 150,000 Canadians have joined the “Canadians Against Proroguing ...