Alberta Politics: Canadian Taxpayers Federation’s position on Khadr case exposes the group’s partisan inclinations

PHOTOS: Omar Khadr, left, with his Edmonton lawyer, Dennis Edney, at right. Mr. Edney’s wife, Patricia Edney, is in the middle. (Photo: CBC) Below: Mr. Khadr at age 14, not long before his capture by U.S. forces in Afghanistan in July 2002, and Aaron Wudrick, Federal Director of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation. If you have ...

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Why Tom Mulcair is wrong… yet again #nlpoli #cdnpoli

Tom Mulcair isn’t alone. A lot of people have been making the extremely dangerous argument over the past few days that we ought to accept any claim or accusation based solely on the fact that someone made it. They have been using the Twitter hashtag #Ibelievesurvivors to argue that we should believe any woman making ...

Alberta Diary: Is Omar Khadr a pawn in a cynical political game by the Harper Government?

The scene a week ago in the chapel at the King’s University College in Edmonton during a forum on the fate of Omar Khadr. Below: Canadian lawyer Dennis Edney, U.S. Defense Department lawyer Samuel Morison. Is the continued imprisonment of Omar Khadr actually a question of principle for the Harper Government, or has it become ...

The Canadian Progressive: Human Rights Watch World Report 2013 (VIDEO)

Video available on YouTube The Canadian Progressive recommends: Human Rights Watch: Challenges for Rights After Arab Spring Canada’s Human Rights Reputation is Fast Becoming a Myth Cornel West Is Upset Obama Was Sworn In On Martin Luther King’s Bible U.S. pressuring Bradley Manning to implicate Julian Assange (VIDEO) The Young Turks’ Cenk Uygur On Obama’s ...

The Canadian Progressive: Human Rights Watch: Challenges for Rights After Arab Spring

The willingness of new governments to respect rights will determine whether those uprisings give birth to genuine democracy or simply spawn authoritarianism in new forms.

Canadian ProgressiveCanadian Progressive: UN recognizes wildlife crime as threat to rule of law

UN recognizes wildlife crime as threat to rule of law (via World Wildlife Fund) New York – Poaching and the illicit trafficking of wildlife products were raised on the floor of the United Nations General Assembly for the first time Monday during discussions on strengthening national and international governance. World leaders gathering in New York ...

Impolitical: Nicholson on a Toews appointment

Justice Minister Rob Nicholson was attending the Canadian Bar Association meeting yesterday in Vancouver and he was asked a hot button question given rumours about Public Safety Minister Vic Toews possibly retiring for a judicial appointment. This Globe headline captures Nicholson’s non-answer: “Politicians should not be ruled out for judicial appointments: Justice Minister.” He answered ...

Impolitical: National Farmers Union adds context to pardons

This is a worthwhile read that clarifies some of the background on the farmers pardoned this week: “Myth: the CWB put farmers in jail for selling wheat.” If you read the headlines and coverage this week, the impression given was that the farmers were charged under the Wheat Board legislation. For example: “Harper pardons farmers ...

CuriosityCat: Federal Court goes to the crux of the voter suppression issue

In today’s decision, the Court summarizes exactly what the issue is, its importance, and the reason why every Canadian of every political party should be concerned by the alleged vote suppression actions in the May 2 2011 election: The court said the case revolves around serious concerns about the integrity of Canada’s electoral system. “Far ...

Impolitical: Final word: Tories lose in-and-out all around

The Conservative party and the Conservative fund were fined and pleaded guilty to exceeding the national party spending limits in late 2011. Today, there is news that the Conservatives are withdrawing their civil appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada: “Tories ditch ‘in-and-out’ case at Supreme Court.” This means that they lost criminally and they ...

Dead Wild Roses: Farmers – How is that voting Conservative working out for you?

Harper and his mercurial band of autocrats are merrily stomping on the neck of democracy.  Sadly, this isn’t news, but rather par for the course as dissent, reality based or not (I’m looking at you prison bloat omni-bus bill) will be passed hell or high water.  What makes the Wheat Board debacle such a gut-rolling ...

Impolitical: Late night

Here’s one take on that Newt paper at Newt.org: Ultimately, however, the most frightening thing about Gingrich’s proposal isn’t its direct conflict with the Constitution, but the implications of such a violation of the Constitution for a fair and impartial judiciary. The framers protected judges from exactly this kind of intimidation because they knew that ...

Impolitical: Wheat Board update

The latest on the Wheat Board issue: “The Canadian Wheat Board and its supporters said on Friday they may seek an injunction to stop the federal government’s move to end the board’s monopoly on sales of Western Canadian wheat and barley.” It’s like an economic action plan for lawyers, of sorts. Also quoted in that ...

Impolitical: High times in Canadian politics

This quote from a Liberal Senator goes to a key question with this government: Liberal Senator Robert Peterson said he thinks the closure motion was brought in because the Tories feared an extended debate over the court ruling. But he saw no practical way to derail the bill. “If they’re going to ignore the law, ...

Impolitical: Judge says Ritz breached Wheat Board Act

Marking the moment here with a bit of the media coverage and some highlights from the judgment. “Judge says Ritz breached wheat board act.” “Government broke the law when dismantling Wheat Board: Federal Court.“ You can read the decision of the Federal Court judge here. The order states: The Minister failed to comply with his ...

Paul S. Graham: Lock up Stephen Harper

Stephen Harper’s Conservatives like to present themselves as tough on crime, committed to accountable government and respectful of the rule of law. Given their record, we have to ask ourselves, when will we march them off to the nearest penitentiary to begin serving the mandatory minimum sentences they so richly deserve? Like a Rocky Mountain ...

Impolitical: CBC takes the high road

Today the CBC turned over documents to the Commons ethics committee “under protest”: In a speech before the National Press Club Foundation, CBC President Hubert Lacroix confirmed what NDP House Leader Joe Comartin had already revealed to the House of Commons earlier today — specifically, that, “after serious consideration,” the corporation had decided to comply ...

Impolitical: The Conservatives’ strained relationship with the rule of law continues

The parliamentary law clerk has written a strong opinion on the legality of the Conservative push at the ethics committee to compel CBC to provide documents to the committee while the CBC is in the midst of a court dispute over those documents with the information commissioner: “Tory bid for CBC documents likely unlawful, lawyer ...

Impolitical: Dean Del Mastro: Judge, jury and information commissioner

What is going on at the ethics committee under Dean Del Mastro’s leadership deserves plenty of sunlight. From a Liberal release this afternoon: Liberal Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics critic Scott Andrews made the following statement today on the Conservative’s attack on the CBC at the Ethics Committee: “The Prime Minister’s own Parliamentary Secretary, ...

Impolitical: Ritz protests too much

“Tories slams Canadian Wheat Board legal challenge.” Methinks Ritz’s language is quite animated, not conveying the confidence of a majority government. Maybe they’re worried about the legal challenge. Or the public blow back that might be on its way. Good video at the link. Here is the main statutory provision the Wheat Board is honing ...

Harper Valley: The Mohawk Manifesto

MNN_188_Mohawk_Manifesto_sep_9_05  The legal framework that proves by Rule of Law that First Nations are indeed sovereign.  This is because Canada is in fraud and treason unto itself as it has never obeyed Queen Anne’s Royal Order which says all indigenous peoples must be dealt with on a nation to nation basis with a third, neutral ...

Impolitical: The Conservatives make a witness list

Interesting list here, to put it mildly: “Peladeau, Von Finckenstein, Sun Media journos to testify before committee on CBC.” It’s bad enough that multiple representatives who abhor public funding for the CBC will be given a platform. Why 3 of them? I count Pierre Karl Peladeau, Brian Lilley and Ezra Levant in that category. Talk ...

Impolitical: RCMP brought into middle of PEI election

“Ottawa calls for probe of PEI immigration program.” The timing of all of this is suspect: The federal government is calling in the RCMP and the Canada Border Services Agency to investigate allegations of fraud and bribery in a PEI immigration program that allowed hundreds of primarily Chinese nationals to buy their way into Canada. ...

Impolitical: Sunday drive-by blogging

1. Here’s your what-kind-of-democracy-is-this-we’re-living-in item of the day: “Barring the media bad move by PC candidate.” The Tory candidate in Lambton-Kent Middlesex, Monte McNaughton, barred the media from a town hall meeting the other night. Where do these people think they’re living? Honestly. A sign of things to come from the Hudak PCs? 2. Harper ...

Progressive Proselytizing: Private security is a moral hazard when there is no rule of law

The rise of private security personal and war contractors – embodied by the since rebranded Blackwater – is a moral hazard that has, predictably, led to significant consequences. The profit motivation provides incentive distinct from minimizing human suffering and this discrepancy reflects the moral hazard.  As private mercenary forces command significant presence in Iraq, Somalia ...