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In 2011, I and my fellow Canadians were called to the voting booths midway into Harper's second reign of terror in the hope of bringing new players into the fold. I voted for the NDP (New Democratic Party) personally, while the Liberal party received just shy of the NDP vote in the end. However, despite the overall damage Harper's government has been and continues to wreak upon our country, they got the majority vote and was given the green light to perpetuate their assault on environmental (pollution is steadily worsening our resources, which we depend on for sovereignty), fiscal, and social integrity for Canada. All of the selling of Canada's assets goes to the Red Menace, China, the pitifully dependent United States of America, or to multinational corporations who have no allegiance to any land they occupy & plunder.
Money is certainly made by these trade agreements, so it's not entirely bad. Yet when you look into what comes of these agreements, you see that there are a lot of stark details that you would rather forget about. The recent "free-trade" agreement made for billions of dollars will not be able to be debated (and possibly ruled out in Parliament) for fifty whole years. That's a new and upsetting precedent that will only stifle any hope of mitigating the damage that will be done to the nation. And what will really come from that money? Will we see the revitalization of our economy so that it stands out amongst the global stalwarts? Will we see the strengthening of the people so that they can be productive members of society? Or will we see a forward momentum in the economy producing a surplus federal budget? Given current trends, it's safe to say that none of the scenarios described will happen at all.
Continue reading here - http://www.superbious.com/Political/article_80_Stephen-Harper-is-the-Antithesis-to-Canadian-Values.htmlIn 2011, I and my fellow Canadians were called to the voting booths midway into... more
Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper has said that a re-elected Conservative government will aim to complete bilateral free trade negotiations with India in 2013.http://www.rediff.com/business/report/canadian-pm-promises-free-trade-with-india/20110401.htmCanadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper has said that a re-elected Conservative... more
Harper government falls in historic Commons showdown
Ottawa— Globe and Mail Update
Published Friday, Mar. 25, 2011 11:02AM EDT
Last updated Friday, Mar. 25, 2011 4:44PM EDT
The second minority government of Stephen Harper has fallen.
Early Friday afternoon, 156 opposition MPs – all of the Liberals, New Democrats and Bloquistes present in the House of Commons – rose to support a motion of no-confidence.
It was also a motion that declared the government to be in contempt of Parliament for its refusal to share information that opposition members said they needed to properly assess legislation put before them.
When the cameras were trained elsewhere, several members crossed the green carpet that divides one side of the House from the other to embrace those in the parties opposite – political rivals who will spend the next six weeks of an election campaign castigating and belittling each other.
Mr. Harper took time to shake hands with Michael Ignatieff, the man who was orchestrating his ouster.
But once the vote had been counted, and the results read into the record, the gloves were off.
Mr. Harper, who moved the final motion to adjourn Parliament, said he would be visiting Governor-General David Johnston on Saturday morning to “take the only course of action that remains.”
The Conservative Leader said Canada’s economic turnaround would remain his priority and that of his candidates. There was nothing in the budget tabled earlier this week, he said, that the opposition parties should have objected to.
“Unfortunately, Mr. Ignatieff and his coalition partners in the NDP and Bloc Quebecois made abundantly clear that they had already decided they wanted an election instead, Canada’s fourth election in seven years, an election Canadians had told them clearly that they did not want,” he said. “Thus the vote today, which obviously disappoints me, and will, I suspect, disappoint most Canadians”
The Liberal Leader said Mr. Harper confirmed his disrespect for democracy by speaking after the vote but making no mention of the fact that his government had just been found in contempt of Parliament and taking no questions from reporters. “This tells you all you need to know about this man,” he said.
Mr. Ignatieff, who did entertain questions, was peppered with queries about his willingness to form a coalition government with the NDP should Mr. Harper be returned with a minority.
As he has done previously, Mr. Ignatieff did not answer directly, saying only that he is running to create a “Liberal government that respects democracy instead of having contempt for democracy.”
Bloc Leader Gilles Duceppe said the Conservative government has not represented the values and interests of Quebeckers. When asked if he would be willing to form a coalition, he reminded reporters that Mr. Harper asked him and NDP Leader Jack Layton to meet in 2004 to talk about forming a coalition to replace then Liberal prime minister Paul Martin.
For his part, Mr. Layton said Mr. Harper lost power because has clearly demonstrated that he is not willing to work with the other parties in the house of Commons. “He made a choice,” the NDP chief said, “and that choice was to take us into an election.”
In the final moments of the Conservative government, there were many kind words of praise offered to Peter Milliken who, after a decade in the Speaker’s chair, was presiding over his last session before retirement.
But the debate that was heard across the country during the morning was as rancorous and vitriolic as Canadians have heard from the 40th Parliament, a session of government marked by the animosity expressed on all sides.
Shortly after 10 a.m., Mr. Ignatieff rose to “inform the House that the official opposition has lost confidence in the government.”
For the first time in Canadian history, he said, a committee of Parliament has found a government to be in contempt.
“We are the people’s representatives,” Mr. Ignatieff said. “When the government spends money, the people have a right to know what it is to be spent on. Parliament does not issue blank cheques.”
This week, the opposition-dominated procedure and House affairs committee found the government to be in contempt for failing to release information related to the costs of crime legislation and the purchase of stealth fighter jets.
“For four months, this House and the Canadian people were being stonewalled by this government and they are being stonewalled still,” Mr. Ignatieff said.
In response, Government Whip Gordon O’Connor was blunt in his assessment of the opposition. “When, during the election, a matter of ethics comes up, I would expect Liberal candidates to put bags on their heads.”
Of the Bloc, he said, it “basically has no function. They have no purpose. They are nothing.”
And with the NDP, Mr. O’Connor said, “there is drama, screaming, yelling, outrage. It voted against seniors. ... All I ever hear from its members is talk, talk, talk.”Harper government falls in historic Commons showdown GLORIA GALLOWAY Ottawa—... more
In what some are describing as the most brazen move of his political career, Prime Minister Stephen Harper admitted in a Parliament Hill news conference earlier this evening that he is, in fact, a cyborgIn what some are describing as the most brazen move of his political career, Prime... more
Which country has the closest and most loyal relationship with Israel? Hint: It's not the USA
http://www.forgetthebox.net/mag/too-close-for-comfort-isreal-canadian-relations.phpWhich country has the closest and most loyal relationship with Israel? Hint: It's... more
An Alberta political science prof and senior advisor to Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper told a cable news audience this afternoon that Wikileaks director Julian Assange "should be assassinated" for leaking documents about international relations to the media.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bqtIafdoH_gAn Alberta political science prof and senior advisor to Canadian Prime Minister... more
Canada will set up a research station at Cambridge Bay in the Arctic, Prime Minister Stephen Harper has said.
link: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-11079740Canada will set up a research station at Cambridge Bay in the Arctic, Prime Minister... more
From the Canadian Press: "Cheech and Chong have some blunt advice for Stephen Harper when it comes to Canada's drug laws. The stoner comedy duo believe marijuana should be legalized and suggest Mr. Harper is out of step with the public will."
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tcbIcUkuvig&feature=player_embeddedFrom the Canadian Press: "Cheech and Chong have some blunt advice for Stephen... more
A poll prepared by Ipsos-Reid shows that while a majority of Canuckistanis would like to believe that they are big shooters on the world stage--just in time for the upcoming G8/G20 summits--the rest of the world doesn't really give a darn, oops, sorry for the foul language, eh?
http://looncanada.wordpress.com/2010/06/21/canadians-affirm-their-global-insignificance/A poll prepared by Ipsos-Reid shows that while a majority of Canuckistanis would like... more
Ignoring Lake Ontario and a few thousand other real lakes within spitting distance of the G20 summit site in Toronto, the Canadian government has constructed an indoor "fake lake" complete with cardboard forest backdrops and deck chairs to wow visiting world leaders. Don't worry about the cost, though. It's only money, eh?
http://looncanada.wordpress.com/2010/06/08/g20-summit-fake-lake-has-canadian-taxpayers-in-stitches/Ignoring Lake Ontario and a few thousand other real lakes within spitting distance of... more
With the total price tag for hosting the June G8/G20 summits in Toronto and Muskoka exceeding $1 billion, Canada's easygoing, extremely polite taxpayers are about to tell Prime Minister Stephen Harper where he can go jump.
http://looncanada.wordpress.com/2010/06/08/g20-summit-fake-lake-has-canadian-taxpayers-in-stitches/With the total price tag for hosting the June G8/G20 summits in Toronto and Muskoka... more
Cheered on by an unquestioning mainstream media, the man who called the Kyoto accord "a socialist scheme" is now patting himself on the back for putting the kibosh on the Obama administration's proposal to tax international banks as a hedge against another public bailout.
http://looncanada.wordpress.com/2010/06/06/the-truth-about-stephen-harpers-victory-in-europe-over-global-bank-tax/Cheered on by an unquestioning mainstream media, the man who called the Kyoto accord... more
When I got wind that the Rain Forest Action Network (RAN) was planning to welcome the Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper before his first official visit to the White House with a "warm welcome", my imagination took off. I wondered what RAN had up it's sleeve this time. You've got to love RAN, they've managed to walk that fine line of activism where their larger than life actions (aka activism) usually involve humor, make a memorable point, and rarely have the grandiose offensive air that many people have expressed about some of their activist counterparts. But the term "warm" welcome really got my imagination going and I started wondering, "geesh, are they going to go off the deep end and light something on fire to illustrate some point about global warming?"
Well, I was right about RAN going off the deep end (but that's all I was right about). They dropped a 70 foot banner over (nothing warm about it) Niagara Falls to illustrate the point that continuing to mine the tar sands was taking the world in one direction, while climate change activism is working toward the opposite direction.
Joshua Kahn Russel of RAN explains the reason behind the action in greater detail:
"During Harper’s first official trip to meet Obama in the U.S., the two leaders are expected to discuss climate change and energy policy ahead of the upcoming G20 Summit. Canada supplies 19% of U.S. oil imports, more than half of which now comes from the tar sands, making the region the largest single source of U.S. oil imports. The expansion of the tar sands will strip mine an area the size of Florida. Complete with skyrocketing rates of cancer (by 400%!) for First Nations communities living downstream, broken treaties, toxic belching lakes so large you can see them from outer space, churning up ancient boreal forest, destroyed air and water quality, the tar sands have been called the most destructive project on Earth."
Tomorrow’s visit to the U.S. by Prime Minister Harper is the latest attempt by Canadian Federal and Provincial officials to lock in subsidies for 22 new and expanded refinery projects and oil pipelines crisscrossing 28 states, which would transport and process the dirty tar sands oil. Many are concerned that Prime Minister Harper wants to protect the tar sands even though it is one of the fastest growing sources of greenhouse gas emissions in Canada."
We caught up with Tar Sands Campaigner, Eriel Deranger a few hours after their 5 climbers had been arrested to explain what they hoped to accomplish:
Please tell us if there is a specific topic that you want to see covered.When I got wind that the Rain Forest Action Network (RAN) was planning to welcome the... more
CANNABIS CULTURE - Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper answered questions this evening in a YouTube-sponsored poll and interview where marijuana was the #1 issue. As expected, the PM rehashed the same old tired arguments in defense of his destructive cannabis policies.
Marijuana- and crime-related questions dominated the YouTube/Google poll, coming in #1, #2, #3, #4 and several other spots in the top 10. A similar poll of "Ideas for Change" for US President Obama on Change.org also places marijuana legalization at #1.
Below is the video and transcript of Harper's response to questions about marijuana:
TRANSCRIPT>>> http://www.cannabisculture.com/v2/content/2010/03/16/Harper-Blows-More-Hot-Air-YouTube-Marijuana-QuestionsCANNABIS CULTURE - Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper answered questions this... more
"Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper has temporarily shut down Parliament until March, after the close of the Winter Olympics in Vancouver. The move shuts down all parliamentary committees, including a probe into whether Canadian troops turned over Afghan prisoners to Afghan authorities to be tortured. Liberal House leader Ralph Goodale accused Harper of padlocking Parliament and shutting down democracy. Goodale said, “Three times in three years and twice within one year, the Prime Minister takes this extraordinary step to muzzle Parliament. This time it’s a cover-up of what the Conservatives knew, and when they knew it, about torture in Afghanistan."
(Scroll down at the link... above is a photo of Stephen Harper with Obama)"Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper has temporarily shut down Parliament... more
I have some great news! C-15 is no more.
Today, Stephen Harper asked the Governor General to “prorogue” (end the session of) Parliament. This means that all the bills are dead, C-15 included!
Had it not been for the hard work of everyone in lobbying the Senate, C-15 would have passed into law. That's right, we campaigned politically and won! C-15 has been stopped!
The Parliament will resume in March, and we can assume Stephen Harper will reintroduce C-15 in some form shortly thereafter.
We can not stop now! We must continue to build so that when C-15 comes back we can face it with even greater numbers and more intense campaigning.
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/4/4e/Canada_Weed_Flag.svg/800px-Canada_Weed_Flag.svg.pngI have some great news! C-15 is no more. Today, Stephen Harper asked the Governor... more
CANNABIS CULTURE - Controversial drug bill C-15, which includes mandatory minimum jail sentences for small amounts of marijuana, passed the Canadian House of Commons with the support of both Liberal and Conservative parties. The bill now moves to the Senate for a final vote.
Health experts and activists criticized the bill for including mandatory sentences, which have been proven ineffective and destructive time and again in studies.
Despite a backlash from the NDP and some Liberal members in the days before the final vote, the majority of Liberals supported the bill, which passed with a vote of 194 to 54. The bill needs only Senate support to become law.
"I think it is really bad news," Libby Davies, MP for Vancouver East (NDP), told Cannabis Culture, "the evidence shows very, very strongly - overwhelmingly - that mandatory minimum sentencing is not an effective policy when it comes to drug crime. My fear is that we are going to see more people in jail, and more people fighting charges because they know they will be facing a mandatory minimum sentence. That means more court time and more backlogs."
With Canada's prison system already overstretched to the breaking point, experts say the bill could create a create a dangerous influx of new inmates.
"We are now going down a path the Americans went down 25 years ago," said Kirk Tousaw, a criminal lawyer and executive director of the Beyond Prohibition Foundation. "A path they are now abandoning because of the incredible devastation that these kinds of sentences have caused to their criminal justice system and to the social fabric of their communities."
If passed, the bill would enact a number of minimum sentences for drug crimes, including an automatic six month jail term for as few as five plants. The bill has been lambasted for targeting first time drug offenders and small-time dealers and users, instead of focusing on high-level producers and distributors.
"Mid and upper-level traffickers will get no particular increase in punishment, because a major dealer would already get six months or a year for any kind of trafficking," said Vancouver marijuana activist (and CC editor) Marc Emery. "What we’re going to see is people who wouldn’t normally go to jail, they’re going to be the people affected. Largely young people in schoolyards - because if you are dealing around a school, it’s an enhanced penalty. The enhanced penalties of six months, a year, two years, are going to affect, almost exclusively, people under the age of twenty-five."
If passed, the bill will undoubtedly fill Canada's already overtaxed prison system with non-violent offenders, and demand more police for proper enforcement.CANNABIS CULTURE - Controversial drug bill C-15, which includes mandatory minimum jail... more